Norwalk: Matt Hagan final report

HAGAN MISSES IN NORWALK OPENING ROUND NORWALK, Ohio (June 27, 2010) - After a solid No. 2 qualifying effort at the fourth annual NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, Matt Hagan finally lost to Jeff Arend, against whom he had a 6-0 season record ...

HAGAN MISSES IN NORWALK OPENING ROUND

NORWALK, Ohio (June 27, 2010) - After a solid No. 2 qualifying effort at the fourth annual NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, Matt Hagan finally lost to Jeff Arend, against whom he had a 6-0 season record entering this event.

Hagan nailed Arend at the starting lights with a .076 reaction time (.000 is perfect) to Arend's .105, but it wasn't enough to take the win, as the DieHard Dodge Charger Funny Car lost traction and a cylinder early. Hagan attempted to pedal it, but time ran out as Arend, who also lost a cylinder, made it to the finish stripe first in 4.405 seconds at 280.02 mph to Hagan's losing 4.753/236.05.

"I pedaled it, and it put a bunch more cylinders out and I was trying to save a messed-up run," said Hagan, who holds on to third place in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series class point standings. "We thought the left lane was a good lane, but it wouldn't hold what we were trying to run. Bob Tasca smoked the tires right behind us, too. Maybe there was something in the lane.

"Tommy (DeLago, crew chief) wasn't looking for that, obviously, and neither was I. We've been against Arend a bunch of times this year and beat him. I guess when you roll the dice sometimes you crap out. We rolled that No. 7 today and now we have to get back after it.

"We have a bunch of racing still ahead of us (four races before the Countdown to 1 playoffs kick in). I've got a lot of confidence in Tommy. We're hoping to keep the ball rolling and put this behind us and move forward."

Next up is the 23rd NHRA Northwest Nationals in Kent, Wash., July 9-11.

-source: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeff Arend , Matt Hagan