Don Schumacher Racing press release
MATT HAGAN RECORDS FIRST THREE-SECOND FUNNY CAR LAP GRABS PROVISIONAL POLE AT NHRA NATIONALS
CONCORD, N.C., September 16, 2011 – Matt Hagan today ran the first sub-four-second 1,000-foot lap in Funny Car history in blasting his Dodge Charger R/T onto the provisional pole for Sunday’s NHRA Nationals here at zMAX Dragway.
In the cool of this evening’s second session, the 28-year-old Don Schumacher Racing driver posted the milestone 3.995-second pass at 316.23 miles per hour.
“I knew it was a fast lap,” explained the elated Christiansburg, Va. native. “I never felt the car leave like that before. It kept on digging and digging; then it began to move a bit and I pulled it back gently and it still stuck and just about at the end, my vision got blurry and I didn’t know what we had run. I asked and they said ‘3.99’ and I thought it was a joke.
“It’s a cool deal to be part of this – first one in the threes – and they can never take that away from us.”
Hagan, who would need to post a 4.034-second lap to “back up” this effort and break the national elapsed-time mark of 4.011 he set last year (in Maple Grove, Pa.), credited crew chief Tommy DeLago and his DieHard crew for today’s results, which also included low e.t. (4.055) in the opening session.
“We saw all of these cars before us turning in runs in the 0s,” said Hagan, who will pick up his third number-one qualifier of the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season and ninth of his career if he maintains low e.t. for qualifying after Saturday’s two sessions. “Tommy is no slouch and I knew he’d go for it (the record).
“But he was a little different on that run. Usually he talks to me before we run, but that time he just walked up to the car and didn’t say anything. I don’t think he’ll talk to me before a run again!”
The excited driver summed up today’s events in succinct fashion:
“Those are the moments you live for here at the race track.”