HAGAN GOES TO SEMIFINALS IN SEATTLE KENT, Wash. (July 11, 2010) - Matt Hagan raced the DieHard Dodge Charger Funny Car into his third semifinal round of the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series today at the 23rd NHRA Northwest ...
HAGAN GOES TO SEMIFINALS IN SEATTLE
KENT, Wash. (July 11, 2010) - Matt Hagan raced the DieHard Dodge Charger Funny Car into his third semifinal round of the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series today at the 23rd NHRA Northwest Nationals.
Starting from seventh position, the 27-year-old Angus Cattle farmer from Christiansburg, Va., first disposed of Jeff Arend in the pair's eighth meeting of the year (7-1 for Hagan) with a 4.172/299.20, then Del Worsham with a 4.203/292.71 in the quarterfinal.
Hagan met up with eventual event winner Tim Wilkerson in the semifinal round, where he launched first at the starting lights. He held the lead until the 660-foot mark of the 1000-foot track, only to be caught by Wilkerson at the finish with a 4.249/290.38 winning lap to Hagan's 4.386/224.32.
"It just got hot and greasy out there," Said Hagan, who only had lane choice in the first round. "We've been in the right lane all day. We wanted that lane. Wilk's a tough guy. He won the last race in Norwalk, Ohio, he's got his game together and they're tough guys to beat.
"So, we had to step it up a little bit to make sure to try to outrun them, but we couldn't get it done on a hot and greasy race track.
"We have nothing to hang our heads about. We had a good weekend, we stayed third in points, we went some rounds on Robert Hight (second-place in points, who lost in the second round), and we went some rounds on John Force (points leader who lost in the first round). We would've loved to have gotten the win but, all in all, a decent weekend."
Next up is the 23rd annual FRAM-Autolite Nationals in Sonoma, Calif., July 16-18.