Indy ORP: Matt Hagan Saturday report

HAGAN SNAGS PROVISONAL NO. 1 AT U.S. NATIONALS CLERMONT, Ind. (Sept. 4, 2010) - Matt Hagan clicked it off early but still snagged the provisional No. 1 qualifying position at the 56th annual U.S. Nationals on Saturday, with two more qualifying...

HAGAN SNAGS PROVISONAL NO. 1 AT U.S. NATIONALS

CLERMONT, Ind. (Sept. 4, 2010) - Matt Hagan clicked it off early but still snagged the provisional No. 1 qualifying position at the 56th annual U.S. Nationals on Saturday, with two more qualifying rounds scheduled for Sunday before the final 16-car field is set for Monday's eliminations rounds.

If he holds on to No. 1 through Sunday, he will have collected his second of the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season, fourth of his career, and his first at the U.S. Nationals.

Racing the DieHard Dodge Charger Funny Car under nearly ideal conditions in the cooler Saturday night session, Hagan pulled out a stellar track-record-setting 4.039-second elapsed time at 277.89 mph, after shutting it off early.

"Wow, what a run," he said. "(Crew chief) Tommy DeLago, he really knows how to tune these race cars. He said if it makes it past 60 foot it's going to haul the mail. We pulled the belts down tight in there and it really left hard.

"I got somewhat of a vibration in there, and I said, Man, it's running [strong] because it blurred my vision a little bit. I could see the groove pretty good. It got out there and it felt like it was getting a little towards the wall to me, and I just as soon click it off a little early. And to look at the numbers and from what Tommy said, it might have been on a 4-flat lap.

"It's right there. We know what we need to do. I guess we didn't show all of our cards.

"It was just a great run, great race car. The DieHard guys are doing a phenomenal job. That's what our whole success this year has been about, just those guys putting the car together, being flawless."

As for the chance of a 3-second run showing up on the scoreboard this weekend? "It would be huge," Hagan said. "That's what we're all out here aiming to do is to lay that 3 number down. And I think it's going to happen before the year is up. We're right there with it. So, not promising anything, but the conditions coming around this fall I think everybody is going to see some 3-second laps.

"I don't think it will happen here, as I think the best sessions for that to happen are over. It's going to be a little warmer tomorrow.

"Tommy DeLago just works his magic out there. You never know what you're going to get because he's swinging for the fence most of the time."

-source: dsr

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