Las Vegas II: Matt Hagan preview

ROOKIE HAGAN HOPES TO IMPROVE ON HIS VEGAS RECORD LAS VEGAS (Oct. 29, 2009) - Matt Hagan, the contender for the 2009 Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award as an NHRA rookie-of-the-year frontrunner, is ready to improve...

ROOKIE HAGAN HOPES TO IMPROVE ON HIS VEGAS RECORD

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 29, 2009) - Matt Hagan, the contender for the 2009 Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award as an NHRA rookie-of-the-year frontrunner, is ready to improve on his record at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This weekend's NHRA Las Vegas Nationals will mark the second NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event of the season at The Strip, and Hagan wants to better his April runner-up finish by claiming his first victory of the season.

Driving the Shelor.com Dodge Funny Car for Don Schumacher Racing, Hagan has dealt with many challenges in his rookie year, including an illness he's been trying to shake off before he competes here this weekend at the penultimate event of the 2009 season.

The 26-year-old Angus Cattle farmer from Virginia is out of the Countdown to 1 playoffs and is in 12th place, but his runner-up finish here earlier this year has boosted his and the team’s confidence. He and the shelor.com team believe they have the performance and wherewithal to earn themselves a win.

"This is Vegas," said Hagan. "We did well here before, so I know (crew chief) Tommy (DeLago) can go back to his notes and put another good race car under me this weekend. I feel that with the success we had here at the beginning of the year, we should be able to roll into town and hit the ground running.

"I'm really looking forward to racing here, and at the finale in Pomona (Calif.) in two weeks. We need to get qualified well and make some laps. I think that our season has been kind of hit or miss. We've either been on or we've been off, so I really want to get back into the race car and hope that we're on for this weekend.

"I've been enjoying a break (two weekends off following four back-to-back events), even though the farm still needs my attention every day. I've needed the rest because I've been sick. But, I'm feeling a lot better now and I'm ready to get back to racing at The Strip."

-credit: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Don Schumacher , Matt Hagan