Matt Hagan finally wins at Bandimere Speedway

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In this photo provided by the NHRA, Matt Hagan drives in Funny Car qualifying on Saturday, July 17, 2021, at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo. Hagan’s run at 3.966 seconds and 319.22 mph Friday held up for the No. 1 spot in qualifying. (Jerry Foss/NHRA via AP)

MORRISON, Colo. (AP) — Defending series champion Matt Hagan raced to his first victory at Bandimere Speedway, beating Alexis DeJoria in the Funny Car final Sunday in the Mile-High NHRA Nationals.

Hagan beat DeJoria with a 4.105-second pass at 305.70 mph in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye for his first victory of the year and 37th overall.

“This mountain has chewed me up and spit me out several years in a row,” Hagan said. “I’m just so glad to pull this win out. I’ve been trying to get this trophy for so long. It’s an important race and it’s one of those things where we finally got it done. My heart was beating out of my chest there in the finals. It felt like I was running for a championship. I’m glad we got it done and I’m just blessed here today.”

Steve Torrence won in Top Fuel and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Torrence beat Joey Haas with a 3.860 at 320.36. He has won four of the past five events and has five victories this season and 45 overall.

Smith topped Eddie Krawiec with a 7.118 at 189.04 on the Denso/Stockseth Racing Buell for his second straight victory and third of the season.

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