There was a time when Matt Hagan was a wet-behind-the-ears Funny Car driver, having just graduated from being the NHRA’s Pro Modified Rookie of the Year.

It’s taken Hagan a little under two decades, but he has developed into one of the most seasoned drivers in the Funny Car class, and on Sunday 
 at the 14th annual NHRA 4-Wide Nationals in Charlotte he scored his milestone 50th win at zMaz Dragway.

Justin Ashley (Top Fuel), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Gaige Herrera (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won the fifth of 20 races during the 2024 NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series season.

Hagan went 3.946-seconds at 332.34 mph in his Tony Stewart Racing Direct Connection Dodge//SRT Hellcat in the final quad to power to his first win this season, defeating Wilkerson on a holeshot to pick up his milestone victory. Hagan was .029 on the starting line, holding off Wilkerson’s 3.923 at 327.50 at the finish line for the win.

Hagan set the pace early with a 3.918 at 331.61 and then made the second-quickest run of eliminations with a 3.879 at 334.24 to advance to the final round. That led to his fourth victory at zMAX Dragway, which is less than two hours from home for Hagan.

“This is obviously a massive achievement to win 50 races and to have Dodge sponsoring us for so many years,” Hagan said. “To see so many people come and go out here, you just don’t realize that it’s you, you know, you’re like ‘Wow, I’ve been out here little bit over 15 years now and it’s just a huge accomplishment in my book to be able to be around a group of guys that have been nothing but the best out here, and I think that’s why we won four championships.

“To put us in a elite group of drivers with John Force and [Don] Prudhomme and Kenny Bernstein is pretty crazy. I’m very blessed to still be out here, surrounded by a great group of guys. They gave me a great race car and now we’re going to celebrate.”

Sunday was also a milestone for Wilkerson, who raced to his first career final round, while Todd took third, going 3.978 at 320.36. Austin Prock retained the points lead in the category.

Top Fuel point leader Justin Ashley added to his lead with a clean-sweep weekend scoring his first career four-wide win, holding off Clay Millican, Doug Kalitta and Antron Brown with a run of 3.710 at 328.06. It’s the second victory this season for Ashley, who swept the weekend by also winning the Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge on Saturday. He’s been dynamic with double-up wins - Sunday marked his third in the last two seasons - and Ashley did it again on Sunday, winning the first two quads to get to the final round, going 3.711 at 333.58 in the second round.

In the finals, Ashley left first with another great .046 reaction time, holding off the hard-charging Millican, who went 3.722 at a strong 337.92, to claim his 15th career victory. Charlotte is where Ashley debuted, so racing at zMAX Dragway will always be special to him and he was thrilled to claim his first four-wide win on Sunday.

“For whatever reason, we’ve struggled a little bit before in four-wide races. We’d go to the traditional format and have a lot of success, but we struggled when we go four-ride racing,” Ashley said. “When you come out here and you race four-wide, the quads are so good. It really doesn’t matter who you’re racing, especially with depth of the Top Fuel field now. The quads are going to be stellar each and every time, and you saw it even in that final round. There was a lot of really good reaction times a lot of really good E.T.s and it made for some close racing.”

Kalitta, the No. 1 qualifier, finished third in the final quad with a 3.725 at 326.00.

Anderson got off to an incredible start on the weekend, and while it soured some in the middle, Pro Stock's winningest driver closed out the weekend with victory sweet as honey. He drove past a loaded final-round quad with a standout pass of 6.502 at 210.77 in his HendrickCars.com Chevrolet Camaro. Anderson ousted KB Titan Racing teammate Dallas Glenn, Aaron Stanfield and Cristian Cuadra to pick up his second victory of the season and the 105th in his career, extending his all-time lead in the category.

Anderson, who won both quads leading into the final round and made the quickest pass each round, was .011 on the starting line to advance to the finals and then chased down runner-up Stanfield and Glenn, who were both .011 in the final round, to pick up another meaningful victory. It’s the fifth Charlotte win for Anderson, who won the fall race last year but had not won the four-wide race at zMAX Dragway since 2012 – until Sunday. Anderson also took over the points lead in the class.

“This feels fantastic,” Anderson said. “There is so much talent out here and I’m so proud to be a part of it. We’re in a spot where anyone can win so you’ve got to dig deep to find it and I had it today. We didn’t back into it and it feels good to win a race at zMAX Dragway. It’s my home track and I love it here.

“You have to find a way to get your heart beating and get those butterflies in your stomach and get your nerves going. You can’t artificially create that. I can’t properly explain what it means to win a race for (Rick Hendrick). I met Mr. H 20 years ago and we’ve stayed in touch and he obviously know a thing or two about winning and he knows how to motivate people. It’s just an honor to have those colors on my race car.”

Stanfield finished second, going 6.551 at 209.75 and Glenn was third after his 6.551 at 209.75.

It didn't matter how many races the Pro Stock Motorcycle division remained on the sideline, the break did little to slow down Herrera's dominant nature. 

Herrera rolled to his second straight win this season with a run of 6.684 at 202.73 in the final round. Dating back to last season, Herrera has now posted seven consecutive victories, putting together another incredible weekend in Charlotte.

Herrera qualified No. 1, setting the track E.T. record, picked up the victory in the Mission #2Fast2Tasty Challenge on Saturday and then made the quickest pass of each session on Sunday, defeating John Hall, LE Tonglet and Richard Gadson in the finals to earn his 13th career victory and extend his points lead in the process. Herrera also defended his four-wide win from a season ago at zMAX Dragway.

“After Q1 and Q2 I was a bit worried. On the first run we had a malfunction in our wiring, and then after the second run, Matt [Smith] held on to the top spot and that’s because of the rule change,” said Herrera, referring to a recent NHRA rules revision that mandated the same fuel type for both V-twin and inline four-cylinder bikes. “It has created parity and made for better racing. We still had three Vance & Hines bikes in the final (quad). 

“In the end, me and [crew chief] Andrew Hines and the bike bond so well. We’re a hard combo to beat. This is just the beginning. It’s all the haters that make us push that much harder and we’re out there to prove them all wrong. I hear people say it’s the bike and that I can’t cut a light, and today my worst light was a .021, so I was here to prove a point. We had three fast bikes and almost everyone is running the same.”

Hall’s 6.758 at 202.12 gave him the runner-up finish, while Gadson was third with a 6.767 at 198.41.

The NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series returns to action May 17-19 with the 24th annual Gerber Collision & Glass NHRA Route 66 Nationals presented by PEAK Performance at Route 66 Raceway in Chicago.


Gaige Herrera’s qualifying dominance in Pro Stock Motorcycle continued on Saturday in Charlotte, but it took until the final session when the defending world champ put together a track-record run of 6.671 at 202.70 on his RevZilla/Mission Foods/Vance & Hines Suzuki. 

Herrera was the only Mission Food Series competitor to qualify No. 1 on Saturday, who wasn’t already at the top of the leaderboard. 

Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel), John Force (Funny Car), and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) secured No. 1 qualifiers at the fifth stop on the 21-race tour. 

Herrera’s No. 1 marked his 11th straight No. 1 qualifier dating back to last season. It’s already the 16th career top spot for the Vance & Hines rider, who will look to stay perfect this season on Sunday.

“Yesterday, we had a malfunction on the first run that set us back, and then we ran 6.68 on the second and that was a good run,” Herrera said. “Today, I ran a 6.70 and then that 6.67, and that’s just our team learning how to fine-tune the new fuel. There was not much left on my bike. It went straight and required very little correction. Tomorrow will be a lot of fun.”

Matt Smith’s 6.685 at 201.61 on Friday qualified him for the second spot, while LE Tonglet is third after his 6.703 at 200.77 on Friday as well.

The defending Top Fuel world champion Kalitta enjoyed his second straight No. 1 qualifier and 55th career top qualifier with Friday’s 3.691-second at 337.92 mph run.

“We kind of struggled a little bit today,” Kalitta said. “We put this other blower on and just had a little bit too much power in that first run and smoked the tires, and then that last run, we got right to the finish line and kind of took care of that blower, unfortunately. So we’re going to have to start from scratch again. But now that we’ve got our setup that we’ve been running, we’re going to be in good shape for tomorrow.”

Antron Brown was second with his 3.698 at 332.18, while points leader Justin Ashley’s 3.701 at 334.32 put him in the third spot.

Force’s Friday’s track E.T. record of 3.820 at 330.96 was challenged but not overtaken. The 16-time world champion earned his first No. 1 qualifier of the season and 167th of his career.

“I’ve got a real good Camaro, and I’m learning how to drive it,” Force said. “It was a good day for my good chiefs. We tried to run it hard earlier [in the third qualifying session] and had a problem, then came back and got cloud cover and ran [3.]85. Now we’ve got to race tomorrow, and that’s a whole new baby. So we’ll see what happens, but I’m having fun with my teams and my sponsors.”

Bob Tasca, who won the 4-Wide Nationals in Las Vegas two weeks ago, took second with a 3.834 at 338.34, setting the track speed record. Points leader Austin Prock is third with a 3.852 at 333.58.

Anderson was in Friday’s best club as his 6.500 at 210.90 stood through Saturday’s qualifying. His qualifying run in the third session – as part of the Mission #2Fast2Tasty NHRA Challenge – was disqualified due to a technical violation after bypassing a safety device. It eliminated that pass and took Anderson out of the specialty event, as his replacement, Erica Enders, went on to win the Challenge.

“I’m not sure where to start but yesterday in Q2 we had an issue with our ECU [Electronic Control Unit] where the engine wasn’t getting a spark,” Anderson said. “We had a mad thrash in the pits, and in the process, one of my guys disconnected a wire that goes to the system that deploys the parachutes in the event of low air pressure. In the process, he forgot to plug that wire back in, so our win in the (Mission) #2Fast2Tasty Challenge was disallowed. 

“I beat Jeg and Erica and David Cuadra, and then the bottom fell out. It was a simple mistake, but we lost the run and lost the win. Otherwise, the car ran great. It was just a crazy day but it’s over now and I’m ready for race day. Tomorrow, we’re going to make damn sure all the wires are where they should be. I’ve got a really good race car, and we’re going to give it all we’ve got.”

Cristian Cuadra qualified second with a 6.507 at 210.18, and Aaron Stanfield took third with a 6.508 at 209.92.

Eliminations for the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals begin at 12 p.m. ET on Sunday at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte.

First-round pairings for professional eliminations Sunday for the 14th annual NHRA 4-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway, the fifth of 20 events in the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series. Pairings based on results in qualifying, which ended Saturday. DNQs listed below pairings.

Top Fuel -- 1. Doug Kalitta, 3.691 seconds, 337.92 mph vs. 16. Cody Krohn, 3.832, 320.43 vs. 8. Shawn Reed, 3.732, 328.70 vs. 9. Jasmine Salinas, 3.738, 331.61; 2. Antron Brown, 3.698, 332.18 vs. 15. Brittany Force, 3.807, 314.02 vs. 7. Shawn Langdon, 3.719, 334.32 vs. 10. Steve Torrence, 3.740, 332.43; 3. Justin Ashley, 3.701, 334.32 vs. 14. Dan Mercier, 3.783, 324.67 vs. 6. Tony Stewart, 3.716, 324.90 vs. 11. Doug Foley, 3.755, 319.98; 4. Clay Millican, 3.715, 333.41 vs. 13.
Tony Schumacher, 3.766, 325.30 vs. 5. Billy Torrence, 3.716, 334.07 vs. 12. Josh Hart, 3.766, 327.82.
Did Not Qualify: 17. Mike Bucher, 4.554, 171.29.

Funny Car -- 1. John Force, Chevy Camaro, 3.820, 334.07 vs. 16. John Smith, Dodge Charger, 5.425, 139.16 vs. 8. Chad Green, Ford Mustang, 3.891, 329.42 vs. 9. Cruz Pedregon, Charger, 3.904, 324.05; 2. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 3.834, 338.34 vs. 15. Jim Campbell, Chevy Monte Carlo, 4.238, 239.87 vs. 7. Paul Lee, Charger, 3.880, 330.80 vs. 10. Daniel Wilkerson, Mustang, 3.910, 333.16; 3. Austin Prock, Camaro, 3.852, 333.58 vs. 14. Dave Richards, Mustang, 4.035, 305.63 vs. 6. Matt Hagan, Charger, 3.880, 331.04 vs. 11. Blake Alexander, Mustang, 3.923, 323.74; 4. Alexis DeJoria, Toyota GR Supra, 3.859, 331.69 vs. 13. Buddy Hull, Charger, 4.010, 315.12 vs. 5. Ron Capps, GR Supra, 3.877, 335.40 vs. 12. J.R. Todd, GR Supra, 3.932, 313.73.

Pro Stock -- 1. Greg Anderson, Chevy Camaro, 6.500, 210.90 vs. 16. Sienna Wildgust, Camaro, 6.542, 210.28 vs. 8. David Cuadra, Ford Mustang, 6.517, 210.80 vs. 9. Dallas Glenn, Camaro, 6.518, 210.60; 2. Cristian Cuadra, Mustang, 6.507, 210.34 vs. 15. Mason McGaha, Camaro, 6.542, 210.21 vs. 7. Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.516, 211.56 vs. 10. Fernando Cuadra Jr., Camaro, 6.519, 210.64; 3. Aaron Stanfield, Camaro, 6.508, 210.05 vs. 14. Brandon Foster, Camaro, 6.540, 210.01 vs. 6. Jerry Tucker, Camaro, 6.511, 210.87 vs. 11. Eric Latino, Camaro, 6.525, 210.47; 4. Jeg Coughlin, Camaro, 6.509, 210.47 vs. 13. Dave Connolly, Camaro, 6.536, 210.47 vs. 5. Deric Kramer, Camaro, 6.510, 210.24 vs. 12. Troy Coughlin Jr., Camaro, 6.533, 210.93.
Did Not Qualify: 17. Larry Morgan, 6.544, 210.34; 18. Fernando Cuadra, 6.544, 211.39; 19. Chris McGaha, 6.546, 210.28; 20. Kenny Delco, 6.550, 210.57; 21. Matt Hartford, 6.552, 210.97; 22. Brandon Miller, 6.637, 206.89.

Pro Stock Motorcycle -- 1. Gaige Herrera, Suzuki, 6.671, 202.70 vs. 16. Hector Arana, EBR, 7.537, 193.85 vs. 8. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.780, 197.91 vs. 9. Chase Van Sant, Suzuki, 6.809, 199.46; 2. Matt Smith, Buell, 6.685, 202.12 vs. 15. Ron Tornow, Victory, 6.975, 196.93 vs. 7. Hector Arana Jr, EBR, 6.742, 201.22 vs. 10. Kelly Clontz, Suzuki, 6.812, 199.05; 3. LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.703, 201.37 vs. 14. Ryan Oehler, EBR, 6.929, 195.76 vs. 6. Richard Gadson, Suzuki, 6.729, 201.55 vs. 11. Jianna Evaristo, Buell, 6.815, 199.88; 4. Angie Smith, Buell, 6.718, 202.82 vs. 13. Chris Bostick, Suzuki, 6.909, 195.36 vs. 5. John Hall, Beull, 6.728, 202.36 vs. 12. Marc Ingwersen, EBR, 6.863, 195.25.
Did Not Qualify: 17. Eiji Kawakami, 9.337, 148.64.


John Force, the 17-time Funny Car champion, built a legend out of creating impact moments. Friday night at zMAX Dragway during the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals, he only solidified his iconic status by setting a new track record en route to the provisional No. 1 qualifying spot. 

Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock), and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are also the provisional No. 1 qualifiers at the fifth of 20 races during the 2024 NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series season.

Force said he could feel the car pulling on a good run as he stopped the timers with a 3.820-second elapsed time at 330.96 mph in his PEAK Performance Chevrolet Camaro SS. His new track record replaced the one previously held by teammate Robert Hight last September. 

If his run holds, Force would pick up his 167th career No. 1 qualifier and first in 2024. He could pick up his fifth career victory at zMAX Dragway this weekend if he wins on Sunday.

“It ran .89 the run before, and they said they were going to lean on it because conditions were getting better,” Force said. “They leaned on it and ‘Hang on,’ and it ran quicker than they thought. It moved me, and I thought I was going to lose it, but I feel really good about it, and we’re looking forward to tomorrow.

“I’m having a lot of fun going down the track. I’m here, and I’ve got a bad hot rod right now. Luck is a big part of this game, and I’m not done yet.”

Recent NHRA winner Bob Tasca sits second after going 3.849 at 335.32 and Alexis DeJoria went 3.859 at 331.69 to move into third. Ron Capps went 335.40 earlier in the day to set the track speed record.

Kalitta showed in two qualifying sessions why he is the defending NHRA Top Fuel champion by recording the quickest run in each session. It was a 3.691 at 337.92 in the Q2 session that made him the provisional No. 1. If it holds he could pick up his second straight No. 1 qualifier and 55th in his career, as he continues to ride an impressive wave of momentum. 

“This is exciting for all my guys. AJ [crew chief Alan Johnson] looked happy, and it’s always good to keep him happy,” Kalitta said. “The guys are working their tails off, and it shows. The car left strong and stayed straight. I’ve run this car for a couple of races. This is a new chassis and it drives really nice -- right down the middle of the track.”

Antron Brown was second quickest with a 3.698 at 332.18, and Billy Torrence’s 3.716 at 329.34 was third quickest.

Anderson needed only one run to establish himself as the driver to beat in Pro Stock qualifying. He ran 6.500 seconds at 210.90 to take the provisional top spot during the first session. His evening run was aborted due to a faulty ECU unit. 





Pro Stock’s winningest driver in line for his first No. 1 qualifier of the season and the 125th in his career. Anderson, a 104-time event winner, is currently third in points. 

“Our run in Q1 was great,” Anderson said. “When you get conditions like this where it’s cool, that’s what Pro Stock cars love. You’ve got to come prepared. You can’t be shy. You’ve got to run what you brung and we used everything we brought. The track is great, and it holds everything. 
“Tonight [Q2] we had a computer problem and I’m still not sure what it was. I hope that’s it for the weekend as far as bad luck. I’m shocked that no one was able to get around me. Tomorrow should be good and I figure we’ll have to improve to keep it.”

Cristian Cuadra is is currently second with a 6.507 at 210.18, while Aaron Stanfield’s 6.508 at 209.92 puts him third after the first day.

Former Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Smith showed no signs of rust despite having not raced since March. He established a new track record of 6.685 at 201.61 for No. 1 and stands in line for his first No. 1 qualifier since 2022 and the 53rd in his career. 

If Smith’s run holds, it will be the first top qualifier for anyone other than Gaige Herrera since last July.

“We’ve done a lot of testing since Gainesville,” Smith said. “We’ve been to three different tracks four times and made a lot of runs. We gained a lot, but it didn’t show today. I was shaking the tire through low gear, so we’re not reaping the benefits of testing. I know there is more there, maybe a 6.66 or 6.65. Gaige went 6.69, so we’re right there with him. If we’re running within two or three-hundredths of the fastest bike, we have a shot. 
“Tomorrow is the Mission [#2Fast2Tasty] Challenge, and we want to get the points and the money. I think we can run faster. This bike is mean.”

Herrera jumped to the second spot under the lights with a run of 6.696 at 201.79 and LE Tonglet grabbed the third position thanks to a run of 6.703 at 200.77.

Qualifying continues at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday at the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte.


Results Friday after the first two of four rounds of qualifying for the 14th annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway, the fifth of 20 events in the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series. Qualifying will continue Saturday for Sunday’s final eliminations.

Top Fuel -- 1. Doug Kalitta, 3.691 seconds, 337.92 mph; 2. Antron Brown, 3.698, 332.18; 3. Billy Torrence, 3.716, 331.61; 4. Tony Stewart, 3.716, 324.90; 5. Shawn Langdon, 3.719, 334.32; 6. Clay Millican, 3.735, 333.41; 7. Jasmine Salinas, 3.738, 331.61; 8. Shawn Reed, 3.738, 328.06; 9. Doug Foley, 3.755, 319.98; 10. Justin Ashley, 3.763, 327.66; 11. Josh Hart, 3.773, 324.36; 12. Brittany Force, 3.807, 314.02; 13. Cody Krohn, 3.887, 298.67; 14. Steve Torrence, 4.516, 171.58; 15. Mike Bucher, 4.755, 154.65; 16. Tony Schumacher, 4.845, 146.61. 
Not Qualified: 17. Dan Mercier, 7.776, 78.72.

Funny Car -- 1. John Force, Chevy Camaro, 3.820, 330.96; 2. Bob Tasca III, Ford Mustang, 3.849, 335.32; 3. Alexis DeJoria, Toyota GR Supra, 3.859, 331.69; 4. Ron Capps, GR Supra, 3.877, 335.40; 5. Paul Lee, Dodge Charger, 3.909, 327.11; 6. Matt Hagan, Charger, 3.914, 321.81; 7. Daniel Wilkerson, Mustang, 3.918, 333.16; 8. Chad Green, Mustang, 3.923, 326.95; 9. J.R. Todd, GR Supra, 3.958, 309.77; 10. Buddy Hull, Charger, 4.010, 315.12; 11. Dave Richards, Mustang, 4.038, 305.63; 12. Cruz Pedregon,
Charger, 4.080, 298.80; 13. Jim Campbell, Chevy Monte Carlo, 4.238, 239.87; 14. Austin Prock, Camaro, 4.541, 180.77; 15. John Smith, Charger, 5.425, 139.16; 16. Blake Alexander, Mustang, 7.561, 93.23.

Pro Stock -- 1. Greg Anderson, Chevy Camaro, 6.500, 210.90; 2. Cristian Cuadra, Ford Mustang, 6.507, 210.21; 3. Aaron Stanfield, Camaro, 6.508, 209.92; 4. Deric Kramer, Camaro, 6.510, 210.24; 5. Jerry Tucker, Camaro, 6.511, 210.87; 6. David Cuadra, Mustang, 6.517, 210.80; 7. Fernando Cuadra Jr., Camaro, 6.519, 210.64; 8. Dallas Glenn, Camaro, 6.521, 210.60; 9. Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.523, 211.56; 10. Eric Latino, Camaro, 6.532, 210.37; 11. Dave Connolly, Camaro, 6.536, 210.47; 12. Brandon Foster, Camaro, 6.540, 210.01; 13. Mason McGaha, Camaro, 6.542, 210.21; 14. Larry Morgan, Camaro,
6.544, 210.34; 15. Matt Hartford, Camaro, 6.552, 210.97; 16. Fernando Cuadra, Mustang, 6.553, 211.39.
Not Qualified: 17. Sienna Wildgust, 6.555, 210.28; 18. Troy Coughlin Jr., 6.556, 210.93; 19. Chris McGaha, 6.558, 209.52; 20. Brandon Miller, 6.637, 206.89; 21. Jeg Coughlin, 7.414, 137.34; 22. Kenny Delco, 7.652, 128.08.

Pro Stock Motorcycle -- 1. Matt Smith, Buell, 6.685, 202.12; 2. Gaige Herrera, Suzuki, 6.696, 201.79; 3. LE Tonglet, Suzuki, 6.703, 201.37; 4. Angie Smith, Buell, 6.718, 202.82; 5. John Hall, Beull, 6.728, 202.36; 6. Richard Gadson, Suzuki, 6.729, 201.55; 7. Hector Arana Jr, EBR, 6.742, 201.22; 8. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 6.790, 197.91; 9. Kelly Clontz, Suzuki, 6.812, 199.05; 10. Chase Van Sant, Suzuki, 6.815, 197.80; 11. Jianna Evaristo, Buell, 6.815, 194.32; 12. Marc Ingwersen, EBR, 6.863, 194.52; 13. Chris Bostick, Suzuki, 6.912, 194.10; 14. Ryan Oehler, EBR, 6.929, 195.76; 15. Hector Arana, EBR, 7.678, 193.85; 16. Ron Tornow, Victory, 10.785, 76.56.