There are two races left on the 2022 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing schedule and Matt Hagan currently sits in the third spot in the class in his Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat funny car. Hagan currently trails class leader Robert Hight by just 78 points, so with strong outings at the final two races of the season, Hagan has a very real shot at claiming the 2022 championship.
Right now, the leader in the Funny Car class is Robert Hight, who has driven his Hemi-powered Chevrolet Camaro to eight wins this season, leading to a current total of 2,486 points with two races left. Ron Capps has won five races this season with his Hemi-powered Toyota Supra, giving him 2,476 points heading into the final two races of the year, trailing Hight by just 10 points.
Then we have Matt Hagan in third with 2,349 points, 78 points behind Hight. Hagan has driven his Charger Hellcat funny car to three wins this year, but thanks to the fact that he has been far more consistent in going rounds this year, he is nipping on the heels of Capps and Hight, who have each won more races this year.
For those who aren’t familiar with the NHRA point system breakdown, at a normal event, a driver can score up to 8 points for their qualifying position, up to 3 points in each qualifying round for turning one of the quickest E.T.s and up to 100 points for their class results (100 goes to the winner, 80 to the runner-up, 60 for semifinalists, etc). At the Auto Club Finals, points are increased across the board, with up to 10 points for qualifying position, up to 4 points for being the quickest in each qualifying round and up to 150 points for class results, with increased points for the rest of the finishing order as well.
In short, Hagan can easily close that 78 point gap in the final two events, but he needs to be fast, he needs to go rounds and he needs both Capps and Hight to struggle a bit.