HAGAN HOOKS A SIXTH IN E'TOWN QUALIFYING ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 12, 2010) - Matt Hagan qualified the DieHard Dodge Charger Funny Car in No. 6 for the 41st annual NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, and earned a three-point...
HAGAN HOOKS A SIXTH IN E'TOWN QUALIFYING
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 12, 2010) - Matt Hagan qualified the DieHard Dodge Charger Funny Car in No. 6 for the 41st annual NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, and earned a three-point edge over Ashley Force Hood (No. 10 qualifier) in the class point standings. The two were tied in third place following Hagan's Chicago win last Sunday and his setting the national elapsed-time record.
He recorded his quickest pass of 4.119 seconds during the opening session, which was good for No. 1 at the time. His succeeding laps resulted in a 6.416/99.09 (No. 4), a 4.761/166.68 (No. 6) and a 4.266/285.05
"We started the weekend off great," said Hagan, who's won twice so far this year. "We came right out of the box and ran an .11. I think it was a good baseline for Sunday. We struggled after that a little bit, but we still have a lot of confidence rolling into this race. We will have Tony Pedegon first round again (same as in Chicago) and we're just hoping that the stars line back up the way they did the last time we ran Tony the first round.
"I'm confident in the DieHard guys and confident in (crew chiefs) Tommy (DeLago) and John Medlen that they'll get this thing figured out and tuned up for tomorrow."
As for the hotter temperatures today, "We kept pulling it back out there because of the heat," he said. "Tommy just wanted to see where we were at with the tune-up. You can be too aggressive sometimes and then sometimes you can be not aggressive enough. We just have to find the compromise, and I know we will.
"As far as my reaction times go, I'm going to go back tonight and try to practice on the lights a little bit and see if we can get a little bit ahead of the competition."