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HAGAN HANKERING FOR HOMETOWN WIN IN VIRGINIA CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (Oct. 8, 2009) - Local boy Matt Hagan, who hails from Christiansburg, Va., just a short drive from Virginia Motorsports Park, is hankering to win his first NHRA Full Throttle Drag...

HAGAN HANKERING FOR HOMETOWN WIN IN VIRGINIA

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (Oct. 8, 2009) - Local boy Matt Hagan, who hails from Christiansburg, Va., just a short drive from Virginia Motorsports Park, is hankering to win his first NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series national event of his rookie season, and he'd like to do it at this weekend's NHRA Virginia Nationals.

The contender for the 2009 Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award as an NHRA rookie-of-the-year frontrunner is not in the Countdown to 1 playoffs, but wants to take home a "Wally" (winner's trophy named after NHRA founder Wally Parks) before the season is over.

"I'm really looking forward to this weekend," said Hagan, a two-time runner-up this year who manages his family's 500-acre Angus Cattle farm in Christiansburg during the week. "It's one of my hometown races, and I'm sure there will be a lot of my friends there who grew up around drag racing with me. I'll be excited to see them.

"I know the track. I've tested there with my car last year, and ran several Pro Mod races there. It's a good track, and if we get a good car underneath us I think we'll have a good weekend.”

"Tommy (DeLago, crew chief) is working hard to do that,” added Hagan, who will drive the red shelor.com Funny Car this weekend. “These Funny Cars have so many variables, that it's hit or miss sometimes. Hopefully we can figure it all out and get a Wally before the year is up.

"I was gong to race in the NHRA event at VMP last year," said Hagan, who entered four NHRA events in 2008 with his own team, "but that was the one race I had to sit out of so I could still be eligible for rookie status this year.

"I think the track will definitely be tight there. When we come off the asphalt you'll probably see a little tire spin on the top end, but I think these crew chiefs are going to run as hard as they can run down low and try to make up as much ET (elapsed time) as possible and let it carry through out the back door.

"We should see great conditions out there and hopefully no rain. I think it's going to be a fast race. All the fans are going to be in for a great show."

-credit: dsr

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