Matt Hagans enters Snowball Derby

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Matt Hagans “Hopes to Be Flyin” in Florida
Sore Shoulder Could Be Biggest Hurdle for Series Veteran

Salem, IN (November 27, 2001) – Series veteran Matt Hagans will take some time off work this week and compete in the 34th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL. Some of the premier stock car drivers will be competing in the Snowball Derby including Gary St. Amant, Scott Hansen, Mike Garvey, Butch Miller, Eddie Mercer and Wayne Anderson to name a few.

Hagans, who pilots the Eagle Creek Aviation Services Chevrolet, first competed in the traditional race in 1998 qualifying fourth fastest. His good fortunes were short lived after being caught up in an accident at the beginning of the race.

In 2001, his greatest obstacle could be his slightly separated shoulder.

“Bill (Rievley) is getting the car ready so hopefully the shoulder feels better,” said Hagans. “The Snowball Derby is one of the toughest races to make in the county,” added the four-time winner in the Kendall Late Model Series.

The 300-lap event that pays the winner $20,000 has a very large entry list, with car counts possible to reach 100. Qualifying is one of the most important elements of the weekend.

“We qualified good last time at the Derby and I feel we can continue that this weekend.”

Hagans ranks third in the KLMS record books with eight career pole positions and was fastest on three occasions in 2001. In 60 starts, he has four wins and 33 top-ten finishes.

Hagans has built his company Eagle Creek Aviation Services into an internationally recognized Major Service Center specializing in Commanders since 1972. ECAS is the world's largest turbine engine commander sales center! They track the Turbine Commander market worldwide to continue to offer the best Commander values available anywhere. Eagle Creek Aviation Services is the best in the world at helping you maintain your Commander.

Matt Hagans and Hagans Racing LLC. will be competing in the 34th Annual Snowball Derby at Five Flags Speedway from November 28 through December 2. On Wednesday, November 28, rigs will be parked and technical inspection is also available. On Thursday, there will be a five-hour practice session with qualifying taking place on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, the 300-lap late model event will take center stage at the .500-mile Florida oval.

-KLMS-

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