OK ... so, here goes.
When Chad Green beat Matt Hagan in Las Vegas in 2021, Hagan was the reigning champion (Hagan won in 2020), and it was the first round-win for Green. And, to date, his only round-win.
Including Green, there have been 14 drivers who won their first round against the reigning world champion: four in Funny Car, seven in Pro Stock, and three in Pro Stock Motorcycle. I haven’t found any in the Top Fuel class. Here's the complete list:
|Terry Haddock beat John Force||Reading, 2003|
|Blake Alexander beat Jack Beckman||Bristol, 2013|
|John Bojec beat Matt Hagan||Reading, 201|
|Chad Green beat Matt Hagan (1)||Las Vegas, 2021|
|Aaron Stanfield beat Jeg Coughlin Jr. (1)||Indy, 2014|
|Alan Prusiensky beat Erica Enders||Englishtown, 2015|
|Chris McGaha beat Greg Anderson||Dallas, 2011|
|Dave Northrop beat Greg Anderson||Dallas, 2006|
|Tommy Lee beat Warren Johnson||St. Louis, 2002|
|Justin Humphrey beat Jason Line||St. Louis, 2007|
|Mark Martino beat Jason Line||Gainesville, 2012|
|PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE|
|Chris Reuter beat Matt Hines||Brainerd, 1999|
|Matt Smith beat Angelle Sampey||Atlanta, 2003|
|Scott Lewis beat Angelle Sampey (2)||Pomona-2, 2002|
|(1) First round-win in Pro Stock|
|(2) Only career round-win|
|NOTE: These do not include four-wide events.|
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