Don Schumacher Racing’s 12th straight win was assured when both Matt Hagan and Jack Beckman reached the final round, and Beckman closed the gap on his points-leading teammate by winning the final round, 3.90 to 3.94.
“We have a phenomenal car,” Beckman said. “I had a good feeling all day today and I think our car is as good as any car out there every time we go out there. I’ve won Indy, I’ve won Pomona and a lot of the major races, but Dallas, since I came here in 1986 to spectate at the very first national event here, was one I would have loved to win. I had 14 shots at it before I finally closed the deal. To have your name listed as the first (to win a Camping World Wally), that can never be taken away from you and it’s just awesome.”
Beckman continued to cling to Hagan’s points-leading coattails by reaching the final round for the fifth time this season with the Infinite Hero Dodge. Beckman’s purple terror beat Cruz Pedregon in round one with a 3.93, then pounded out a 3.90 in round two to stop Tim Wilkerson.
Beckman made sure that DSR would dominate the winner’s circle again by stopping last year’s runner-up, Bob Tasca III, in the semifinals with another 3.90 to Tasca’s 3.93.
Hagan, winner of this event in 2019 and 2016, raced his special-edition Pennzoil Dodge to the final round from the No. 1 spot. His opening blast of 3.885 to beat Texan Todd Simpson was bettered only by future second-round opponent J.R. Todd’s 3.885, but Todd’s DHL Toyota could not match that pace in the next frame and fell to Hagan’s 3.928.
Hagan reached the final, his second straight, fourth of the season, and 64th final round of his career by beating DSR stablemate Ron Capps, 3.90 to 3.95.
Hagan's final-round loss continued a No. 1 qualifier jinx as no low qualifier in Funny Car has won this season.