By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Sandvik Coromant Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car pilot Matt Hagan is the provisional No. 1 qualifier on Friday night at the 31st annual Catspot NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Washington. Hagan picked up the top spot during his second qualifying pass.
Hagan went 3.913 at 324.75 mph during the second qualifying run that allowed him to capture the top position. He’ll hope that the numbers are good enough to make him the No. 1 qualifier for Sunday’s race.
If he is able to pick up the No. 1 qualifier, it’ll be his fourth No. 1 qualifier of the season. In addition, it’ll be his first No. 1 qualifier at Pacific Raceways.
“Right now, it’s all about dialing the car in and dialing this new Hellcat body in with the headers and everything else we’re doing. It’s going to take a few runs but all in all, I feel like (crew chief) Dickie (Venables) has a really good handle on it,” said Hagan, the 2013 Pacific Raceways Funny Car event champion.
“We’ve been really impressed with the aerodynamics of this body; it’s been running strong. The drivability is really good. We’re able to take a lot less drag off of the car, and it’s responding to what we want to do.”
This is the third-time this season that he has ran a race with the Sandvik Coromant brand on his car. The last-time he had the Sandvik Coromant brand on his car was the NHRA New England Nationals when he was the No. 1 qualifier and also won the race.
Reigning Funny Car champion and last year’s NHRA Northwest Nationals winner Robert Hight is the provisional No. 2 qualifier. He went 3.919 at 327.82 mph in his Chevy Camaro.
His John Force Racing teammate, Courtney Force, who picked up her tenth No. 1 qualifier last weekend in Sonoma, is the provisional No. 3 qualifier. She went 3.927 at 325.69 mph in her Advance Auto Parts Funny Car.
Ford Motorcraft/Quick Lane/Omnicraft-sponsored Bob Tasca III is the provisional No. 4 qualifier after he went 3.943 at 321.19 mph. Levi, Ray, and Shoup Inc.’s Tim Wilkerson is the provisional No. 5 qualifier after he went 3.963 at 317.27 mph.
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