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Hagan’s blistering pass gives him provisional No. 1 in Houston

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Pennzoil/Mopar Dodge Charger Funny Car pilot Matt Hagan is the No. 1 qualifier on Friday night at the 31st annual NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas. He went 3.913 seconds at 308.78 mph in the second qualifying session.

He will look to pick up his second No. 1 qualifier of the season. If he’s able to get it, then it’ll be his 32nd of his career.

Matt Hagan (Photo by Marc Gewertz/NHRA)

Matt Hagan (Photo by Marc Gewertz/NHRA)

“Really happy with my guys right now,” Hagan said. “They laid down some great runs and the car has been phenomenal. I’m very confident in what they’re doing. It helps me as a driver to allow me to do what I need to do.

“Super glad to have Dickie [Venables, crew chief] in my corner. Really happy with my guys, they put a great race car underneath me. I’m very confident in what they’re doing, and it helps me as a driver to be able to focus on what I need to be doing.”

Reigning Funny Car champion, Robert Hight, is the provisional No. 2 qualifier. He went 3.921 at 313.15 mph.

Single car operations are in the next two spots. Heading Racing Inc.’s Jonnie Lindberg is the provisional No. 3 qualifier after his 3.927 at 316.52 mph.

Tasca Racing’s Bob Tasca is in the provisional No. 4 spot after he went 3.951 at 311.05 mph in his Ford Mustang. Snap-On-backed Cruz Pedregon is the provisional No. 5 qualifier with a 3.963 at 299.53 mph.

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