HAGAN HAPPY TO RACE TWO-WIDE IN CONCORD Will drive the FRAM/DieHard Dodge Charger Funny Car in second playoffs event CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (Sept. 14, 2010) - Matt Hagan, the 27-year-old farmer from Christiansburg, Va., located just a few hours' ...
HAGAN HAPPY TO RACE TWO-WIDE IN CONCORD
Will drive the FRAM/DieHard Dodge Charger Funny Car in second playoffs event
CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (Sept. 14, 2010) - Matt Hagan, the 27-year-old farmer from Christiansburg, Va., located just a few hours' drive from zMax Dragway in Concord, N.C., is happy to return to this weekend's third annual NHRA Carolinas Nationals for the second race of the six-event Countdown to the Championship of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. He's particularly happy to be racing two-wide instead of four-wide, a concept that was introduced at this track earlier this year.
The Dodge Charger Funny Car he races for Don Schumacher Racing will also sport a special FRAM/DieHard paint scheme to help promote FRAM, one of DSR's primary sponsors. The FRAM Top Fuel dragster that Cory McClenathan races during the rest of the NHRA season will fly Valvoline colors this weekend. This will mark the second event in two years at which Hagan's car will feature FRAM.
"We are very happy to be working with Matt Hagan again," said Kelley O'Donnell, Director of Global Coolants/Motorsports Products at Honeywell CPG. "We've had a good relationship with him since his rookie season last year. He's one of the young up-and-coming stars of the NHRA, and FRAM is proud to be on the side of his Funny Car this weekend in Concord."
"I am proud to carry the FRAM colors this weekend, along with DieHard," said Hagan, who is third in the playoffs point standings, just one point out of second place, following his semifinal finish in the first event of the Countdown. "One of my favorite things about this Concord event is that it's going to be a two-wide race. Don't get me wrong, I think the idea of racing four-wide was very dramatic and dynamic and I applaud NHRA and Bruton Smith for making it happen. But, for a driver it was not an easy concept to get used to. So now we can focus on winning this race.
"I'm also excited to race in Concord because it's getting cool in the evenings and I know we've got a great race car when it comes to cool-weather conditions," added Hagan, who was Funny Car runner-up in Concord last year.
"It's going to be great to have family and friends around because it's a 'local' track and it's just going to be a lot of fun."
As for his place in the Countdown? "It is what it is," he said. "Obviously, we'd like to be No. 1, but we're not right now and we're working hard to get that position. (Crew chief) Tommy DeLago and I definitely have the same goal in mind and that's just to focus on each race and not worry about where we sit in points. That all will fall where it falls and we just have to do the best we can at every race and it will be what it will be."