Ron Capps finished runner-up to Hagan at Dallas, but at the previous race in Reading, Pa., it was just the opposite.

Hagan’s quick-trigger .038 reaction time to Capps’ .064 in the final round would be the difference in the all-Mopar matchup. Despite recording his slowest elapsed time of the weekend, a 3.913 at 327.03 mph, Hagan was able to overcome Capps’ quicker 3.906/322.19 run thanks to his starting line advantage. The win was Hagan’s second at the Dallas venue and 22nd of his career.

“That's a huge (final) round," said Hagan, who recorded his sixth finals appearance of the season and is now 88 points behind Capps. "Unfortunately we faced him (Capps) late in the race. In Reading, we had him in the semis and he left on me and spanked me on the tree. This time I got to leave on him and get a little payback. He's a great guy, great individual and one of those guys that took me under his wing when I first came out here. I have lots of respect for him and I know he's digging deep and working hard but we have a job to do for Pennzoil, Mopar, Freightliner, Rocky and all those folks that support us.

“We race heads up and that's the way it's going to be. When you earn a championship that's what makes you feel good, that you earned it. We're just keeping the old boy honest. I love him (Capps) to death and it was cool to see him in the final but I was glad to see that win light come on in our lane. We've had to get through some pretty tough cars today and had a little bit of luck go our way.”