Hagan Wins Route 66 NHRA Nationals, Sets National Record with Mopar Power

By Auto News Log • June 8th, 2010

Matt Hagan raced his Mopar® HEMI®-powered DieHard Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car straight into his second winner’s circle of the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series on Sunday, June 6, at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Joliet, Ill. The Mopar-powered driver also set the national elapsed-time record in the process.

Before a five-hour rain delay, Hagan and the DieHard team poured everything they had into the car’s performance, defeating Tony Pedregon with a 4.174/291.32 and Jeff Arend using a 4.219/295.21. When action resumed, the air was cooler and conditions nearly perfect, as Hagan tossed out Ashley Force Hood with the quickest Funny Car run to 1000 feet of 4.022 seconds at 312.71, then backed it up in the final round against Robert Hight recording a 4.035/312.78 to win the event and set a national record.

“This was (crew chiefs) Tommy DeLago and John Medlen’s race,” said Hagan. “These guys put a great race car underneath me all weekend long. It was great to set the national record and win the race. How better of a weekend could you have?”

Hagan’s Mopar-powered Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) teammate Jack Beckman advanced to the semis at Joliet, dismissing Paul Lee and Bob Tasca III before falling to Hight. DSR driver Ron Capps exited in the first round in his Mopar-powered Funny Car, losing to Jeff Arend.

Hagan is now third in the NHRA Funny Car standings, with Beckman fifth and Capps in sixth. Next up is the 41st annual NHRA SuperNationals in Englishtown, N.J., June 10–13. For more information on the NHRA, visit http://www.nhra.com.

Don Schumacher Racing driver Matt Hagan (above, in Victory Lane) used Mopar HEMI-power to steer his DieHard Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car to victory at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Joliet, Ill., on Sunday, June 6. The Mopar-powered driver also set the national elapsed-time record in the Funny

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