Hagan Wins First At Houston With Mopar Power

By Auto News Log • April 13th, 2010

Mopar HEMI-powered driver Matt Hagan conquered Houston Raceway Park to win his first NHRA Funny Car national event on Sunday, March 11, at the 23rd annual NHRA Spring Nationals.

Hagan outran Jeff Arend by pedaling his Mopar-fueled DieHard Dodge Charger in the final round of eliminations, defeating Arend with a less-than-perfect 4.390-second pass at 247.57 mph to Arend’s 4.714/231.20.

The triumph marked Hagan’s first victory in three career final rounds in his two full seasons on the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series circuit, and moved him into second in the class point standings. He’s now 70 points behind leader John Force. En route to the final round, Hagan defeated fellow Mopar-powered Funny Car pilot Melanie Troxel with a 4.217/302.48 then Cruz Pedregon with a 4.18/303.78. In his semifinal win over Tony Pedregon he pedaled the DieHard car to triumph, posting a 4.632/20.29.

“Other than [being with] my wife and kids, this is the best feeling in the world. It’s just really cool,” said Hagan, a 27-year-old Angus Cattle farmer from Christiansburg, Va. “I’ve known all along we had a great race car.”

Hagan’s Don Schumacher Racing teammates Ron Capps and Jack Beckman exited in the first round in their Dodge Charger Funny Cars. Next up for the HEMI-powered Funny Car contingent is the 11th annual NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, April 16-18.

Source: Mopar Speed




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