HAGAN ROCKS ON SATURDAY IN CONCORD, QUALIFIES NO. 5 CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 18. 2010) - Matt Hagan pulled out two stout runs in the heat of the day today at the third annual NHRA Carolinas Nationals to qualify the FRAM/DieHard Dodge Charger Funny...
HAGAN ROCKS ON SATURDAY IN CONCORD, QUALIFIES NO. 5
CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 18. 2010) - Matt Hagan pulled out two stout runs in the heat of the day today at the third annual NHRA Carolinas Nationals to qualify the FRAM/DieHard Dodge Charger Funny Car in No. 5 and move into second place behind John Force in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Countdown to the Championship playoffs standings.
Hagan's monster run of 4.115 seconds at 299.40 mph was the second-quickest of the final session only to polesitter Cruz Pedregon's 4.114/302.35 in that round, helping him earn a total of four qualifying bonus points for the weekend. His previous runs produced a 4.202/290.19 (third quickest of the round), a 5.491/128.01 on Friday night in which he experienced an engine explosion, and a 4.156/298.34 today in round three (third quickest). Pedregon grabbed the pole Friday night with a 4.078/303.57.
The 27-year-old Angus Cattle farmer from Christiansburg, Va., had to relinquish No. 4 spot to Jeff Arend, who set an identical pass of 4.115 seconds Friday night because of speed (306.95 to 299.40).
"We have a really great race car," said Hagan. "We're glad to be flying the FRAM colors this weekend. (Crew chief) Tommy DeLago has done such a great job this weekend. We didn't get a good run in on Saturday night and we were extremely excited to be able to step up in the heat of the day both laps today and run the numbers we did.
"These FRAM/DieHard guys are putting a good car under me and on race day we have Robert Hight (fifth in points). We're going to treat him like anybody else in this Countdown and not leave anything on the table and go after it tomorrow."
As for any damage to the car in Friday night's explosion, "It ended up being not as bad as it looked on TV,” said Hagan. "It only hurt a manifold, and the blower (supercharger) was good, the motor was good. Not a big service ordeal for the guys last night. Sometimes what looks bad on TV isn't so bad in reality.
"We picked up a bunch of points today and that was very crucial for us in this Countdown. We are treating every run as very important and moving forward."