Charlotte II: Matt Hagan final report

HAGAN HALTED IN CONCORD QUARTERFINAL CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 19, 2010) - Racing the bright-orange FRAM/DieHard Dodge Charger Funny Car at this weekend's third annual NHRA Carolinas Nationals, the second of six events of the Countdown to the ...

HAGAN HALTED IN CONCORD QUARTERFINAL

CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 19, 2010) - Racing the bright-orange FRAM/DieHard Dodge Charger Funny Car at this weekend's third annual NHRA Carolinas Nationals, the second of six events of the Countdown to the Championship, Matt Hagan was halted in the quarterfinal round against Jeff Arend.

Without lane choice, Hagan lost traction early in the run, resulting in the deployment of his parachutes and stalling on the race track, as Arend claimed the win.

In the opening round under hotter conditions today at zMAX Dragway, Hagan also struck the tires, but pedaled to victory over John Force Racing's Robert Hight, posting a 4.486/266.64 pass.

"It was a tough weekend," said Hagan, who actually gained ground on points leader John Force, who exited in the opening round, and remains third. "It's hot out there. We qualified well and we ran well in the heat and I think it just got a lot hotter today.

"The track prep seemed different today. The FRAM/DieHard Dodge was going down the race track yesterday when it was also hot and we were able to apply the same amount of power to the race track. Then we came out here today and it seems that few people in the nitro class were getting down the track.

"We know how to improve and we expect to do well at the next race in Texas, because that's what we're going to do.

"As far as our weekend went, we gained some ground in points and we earned some great qualifying bonus points (four). We'll just go to the next race and put this one behind us."

Said crew chief Tommy DeLago: "It wasn't as good a day as we wanted. The track wasn't a ton warmer than yesterday; it was 10 degrees warmer. But, for some reason, I don't think the track prep was the same as yesterday because everybody was running good on Saturday; it wasn't just us. There were a lot of guys throwing mid-teen numbers out like they were easy to get.

"And the left lane is not impossible to go down. I think I had the car lined up a little bit in the bald spots where I should have straddled them a little bit more. If I had, we might have had a better chance to actually go down the track."

Next up is the 25th annual NHRA Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas, Sept. 24-26.

-source: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers John Force , Jeff Arend , Robert Hight , Matt Hagan