Seattle: Matt Hagan Saturday report

HAGAN QUALIFIES NO. 7 IN SEATTLE KENT, Wash. (July 10, 2010) - Matt Hagan secured the No. 7 spot in Funny Car qualifying for the 23rd annual NHRA Northwest Nationals, setting a 4.258-second run at 264.60 mph in today's third round under hot and...

HAGAN QUALIFIES NO. 7 IN SEATTLE

KENT, Wash. (July 10, 2010) - Matt Hagan secured the No. 7 spot in Funny Car qualifying for the 23rd annual NHRA Northwest Nationals, setting a 4.258-second run at 264.60 mph in today's third round under hot and sunny conditions.

On Friday, he recorded a 4.371/275.79 (No. 4) and a 4.791/168.68 (No. 13). In Saturday's final try he clocked in at 5.948/110.16 under tricky track conditions in the left lane.

"The left lane is giving us some trouble," he said, "but we have lane choice tomorrow and we'll try to keep lane choice throughout the day. We'll try to keep the DieHard Dodge Charger staged shallow and go up there and have some good racing.”

Hagan faces Jeff Arend for the eighth time this season (6-1) in the opening round. "We're lined up with Arend again, for the eighth time, and so I know those guys are saying 'what the...?" and we're saying 'what the...?' But that's racing. They're good racers. They're not going to do anything stupid up there and neither are we. We'll go up there and race and we're excited to race them again tomorrow.

"They beat us last time so owe them one."

-source: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeff Arend , Matt Hagan