The 13th of 24 events in the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule led to repeat wins for three hard-working drivers. While former Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence continued his path to a season of success with his fifth victory of the season at this weekend’s sixth annual NHRA New England Nationals, Don Schumacher Racing Funny Car driver Matt Hagan earned his second straight event victory. Pro Stock driver Chris McGaha also became the fourth driver in this class to record multiple victories this season after his final elimination round win at New England Dragway.
After qualifying third for the New England Nationals, Texas born Top Fuel superstar Steve Torrence defeated Dan Mercier, Shawn Reed and Tony Schumacher on his way to Sunday’s final elimination round against three-time NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world champion Antron Brown.
With a 3.909-second pass at 320.74 MPH in his Capco Contractors dragster, Torrence took down Brown for his first career win at New England Dragway and his fifth of the 2018 season.
“Our team is more well-rounded than it has ever been, and that gives me confidence every time I get in this car,” said Torrence. “This definitely showed after coming back from a rough start to the weekend and winding up with a win.”
This victory extends Torrence’s Top Fuel point lead as he heads to his next challenge at Bandimere Speedway for the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals.
Torrence wasn’t the only driver to earn repeated season wins at New England Dragway. After earning the top Funny Car qualifying spot, Don Schumacher Racing driver Matt Hagan took down Terry Haddock and teammates Tommy Johnson Jr. and Ron Capps before facing off against Tim Wilkerson in Sunday’s final elimination round. With a pass of 4.156-seconds at 292.01 MPH in his Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T, Hagan secured his third win of the season and second victory in a row at the NHRA New England Nationals.
“This car is performing at its highest thanks to input from my Crew Chief Dickie Venables,” said Hagan. “This helps my confidence grow and it shows in the accomplishments that this team is continuing to achieve this season.”
Following this repeat victory, Hagan now sits second in the Funny Car points standings behind Courtney Force going into the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals.
Pro Stock driver Chris McGaha would also earn another victory this season after Sunday’s final elimination round. Despite a disappointing qualifying position (9th), McGaha and his Harlow Sammons Chevrolet Camaro found their stride during Sunday’s elimination rounds. After taking down No. 1 qualifier Greg Anderson and Kenny Delco, McGaha took on Elite Motorsports driver Erica Enders in the final round.
Although most expected the usual dominating performance by Enders, the former Pro Stock driver fell short after red lighting in Sunday’s final round, which gave McGaha his second win of the 2018 season as well as status as the fourth driver in his class to record multiple victories in 2018.
The 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season continues at the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals, July 20-22 at Bandimere Speedway. Stay tuned to RacingJunk.com for all your NHRA coverage!