Advertisements
Latest News

Hagan beats Force in the Funny Car final

Follow The Capital Sports Report on WordPress.com

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Matt Hagan, the pilot of the Don Schumacher Racing’s Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T, won the fifth annual NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway on Sunday in the Funny Car category. This is Hagan’s third win of the season.

Hagan picked up his 25th career win at the Epping, N.H. track. He defeated John Force Racing’s Courtney Force in the final round after going 3.897 at 332.59 mph.

Matt Hagan (Photo by Randy Anderson/NHRA)

Matt Hagan (Photo by Randy Anderson/NHRA)

Force, the pilot of the Advance Auto Parts Chevy Camaro, went 3.927 at 332.34 mph.

“I knew we had a great racer today and the conditions were great, so we knew we were better than our qualifying times,” Hagan said. “Everything went the way it should have today, and things seemed to fall in place for us.”

According to Dragracecentral.com, Hagan was 24-21 in his previous final rounds prior to this final round win. He’s 3-1 in final rounds this season.

Force is 1-1 in final rounds this season. She is now 8-12 in career final rounds.

Hagan had the starting line advantage of 0.020, before Force closed the gap at the 60 foot marker. Then, Hagan started to pull away for the win.

“We’ve got a race car that I think can win this whole thing this year,” Hagan said. Dickie’s [Dickie Venables, crew chief] racing smart and everybody hopes that they can win, but it’s some of those things when you know you can. It’s a great feeling, the confidence that you have that when you crawl into the car on Sunday, you know you can turn four win lights on.

“We didn’t go down the racetrack [Friday] and you’re thinking, ‘Oh man, what do we do?’ But Dickie was like, ‘Man we’re better than that.’ So, he reeled it back in and made two really nice laps on Saturday and built a lot of confidence coming into Sunday.”

Any Corrections?. You can contact Anthony at publisher@thecapitalsportsreport.com.

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Follow Anthony: @alcaruso3 on Twitter | Anthony Caruso III on Facebook
Follow us: @CapSportsReport on Twitter | The Capital Sports Report on Facebook

Advertisements
© 2007-2017 All rights reserved by The Capital Sports Report and its partners. This material may not be re-published, re-broadcasted, re-written or re-distributed.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s