By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Mopar-sponsored Funny Car pilot Matt Hagan is the No. 1 qualifier at the 60th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals. The Christiansburg, Virginia native went 3.841 at 333.25 mph on Saturday for the top spot.
Robert Hight, the reigning Funny Car Champions, took the top spot away from Hagan during the final qualifying session. Then, as the final two cars down the track, The Hulk laid down the top spot speed in a side-by-side pass with Jack Beckman.
“This Funny Car is flying out there,” Hagan said. “I was tickled to hang on to it. When they put a hot rod underneath you like that, it’s always fun. I was a little mad at myself on that run. I was probably wheeling on the steering wheel a bit much. As a guy that’s been out here 13 years, you just know when you kinda got to let them float. My guys are doing an amazing job.
“Robert (Hight) took it back and we took it right back from him again. How can you complain about that? Going into race day, my lights have been great. The car is running great. My guys are doing a phenomenal job and we came off a really strong season last year.”