CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (June 10, 2010) - Matt Hagan had little time to take a breath after winning the NHRA Route 66 Nationals in Joliet, Ill., last Sunday. From there he went straight to the DieHard headquarters in Chicago on Monday to present the...
CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (June 10, 2010) - Matt Hagan had little time to take a breath after winning the NHRA Route 66 Nationals in Joliet, Ill., last Sunday. From there he went straight to the DieHard headquarters in Chicago on Monday to present the winner's trophy to the company employees, worked on his 500-acre Angus Cattle farm on Tuesday, then headed to Englishtown on Wednesday for media events preceding this weekend's 41st annual NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.
"It's still really early in the season to get that second win of the year and my career," said Hagan, who moved into third place in the Funny Car class standings after earning 20 bonus points for setting a national elapsed-time record. "It's huge for the whole DieHard Dodge racing team. The guys are doing a great job. (Crew chiefs) Tommy DeLago and John Medlen are working well together, and I'm just glad to have that confidence that comes with winning in a great car that's going down the race track.
"I was glad to hear going into Chicago that we weren't going to be testing anything any more and that we were going back to the combination that we had been working on for all last year. And that was great because we had a lot of information with it. On top of that, it was very beneficial to have John on board to help massage it and really make it better. Having those two great minds (DeLago and Medlen) working together has made it really come together and the DieHard Dodge is very, very consistent now.
"I'm just excited to be able to hang on to that fast hot rod like that, set a national record and win the race. The only thing that would have made it better was if that race was for the championship." (Note: While Hagan set a national record with his 4.022-second pass after backing it up with a second pass within one percent during the weekend, Robert Hight still is credited with the quickest-recorded pass to 1000 feet of 4.005 seconds, set in 2008. His run, however, was not backed up.)
"Englishtown is a great race. I know quite a few people in the New York area and it will be great to see them again,” added Hagan, who is in his second full season driving for Don Schumacher Racing. “I'm really looking forward to getting back in this hot rod and going some more laps, having more fun, and hopefully qualifying well.
"You can't get too big-headed about any of this stuff because next thing you know you don't get qualified. So we'll just take it one lap at a time to make sure that we secure our spot in the top 10 for the Countdown to 1 playoffs (final six races of the year)."