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Matt Hagan Gives Tony Stewart Racing Its First NHRA Win

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Three-time Funny Car season champion Matt Hagan gave Tony Stewart Racing its first victory in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series on Sunday, scoring his first career win at the historic Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

In the final round, Hagan powered his Dodge Charger Hellcat SRT to a 3.910-second run at 330.96 mph to beat Blake Alexander for his 40th career win and first in three races this year with Tony Stewart Racing.

“To get this first win at the Gatornationals and Tony Stewart’s first win in a drag car, it’s pretty amazing,” Hagan said. “I’m very blessed and honored to be here, and for all the fans that showed up, to get this first win on the Gators, it’s amazing.”

Hagan joined the Tony Stewart Racing team as a freshman in the offseason and the Virginia driver has a No. 1 qualifier and a pair of final rounds for the Stewart-owned team.

“This is pretty rough, especially at the Gatornationals,” Stewart said. “We have two amazing race teams that work hard. I’m very proud of all these guys.”

Tripp Tatum won in Top Fuel, Dallas Glenn in Pro Stock and Karen Stoffer in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Tatum raced to his first career win a day after earning his first career No. 1 ranking, knocking out Doug Foley for 3,700 in 330.31 in the final round.

Glenn earned his fourth career win, beating teammate Kyle Koretsky with 6.486 at 210.21 as Camar.

Stoffer finished a record day with his 11th career win, clocking 6.7000 at 200.77 on his Suzuki in the series’ first race of the year. He ran the fastest race in class history earlier in the day with a 6.665.

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