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NHRA: Matt Hagan races to fourth victory of year

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NHRA: Matt Hagan races to fourth victory of year

KENT, Wash. (AP) — Matt Hagan raced to his fourth victory of the year to extend his Funny Car points lead, beating Bob Tasca III on Sunday in the NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways.

Hagan, the 2011 Funny Car champion, powered his Dodge Charger to a 4.171-second run at 294.75 mph. Tasca, seeking his first win in nearly a year, slowed to a 5.324 at 164.81 in his Ford Shelby Mustang.

Hagan also outran Alexis DeJoria, Johnny Gray and Courtney Force en route to his ninth career victory.

Morgan Lucas won in Top Fuel, and Vincent Nobile topped the Pro Stock field.

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