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KENT, Wash. (AP) - Matt Hagan raced to his fourth victory of the year to extend his Funny Car points lead, beating Bob Tasca III on Sunday in the NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways.

Hagan, the 2011 Funny Car champion, powered his Dodge Charger to a 4.171-second run at 294.75 mph. Tasca, seeking his first win in nearly a year, slowed to a 5.324 at 164.81 in his Ford Shelby Mustang.

Hagan also outran Alexis DeJoria, Johnny Gray and Courtney Force en route to his ninth career victory.

``The chemistry of this team is something I've never had before,'' Hagan said. ``It shows on the racetrack and it trickles down from the top, where (crew chief) Dickie (Venables) is a great leader. It's phenomenal to strap into this race car and know I have the opportunity to win every time I sit in it. I like to get patted on the back as much as anyone, but this is 100 percent hats off to my team.''

Morgan Lucas won in Top Fuel, and Vincent Nobile topped the Pro Stock field.

Lucas claimed his first victory of the season and eighth of his career, knocking off David Grubnic in the final. Lucas finished in 3.908 at 296.57, while Grubnic followed in 4.253 at 256.31.

Nobile won for the second straight week and picked up his third victory of the year, beating four-time season champion Jeg Coughlin in a rematch of the final round last week in Sonoma, Calif. Nobile's posted a 6.586 at 210.54 in his Dodge Avenger, and Coughlin had a 6.615 at 210.60.

The Associated Press News Service

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