Hagan Qualifies No. 1 for the NHRA Northwest Nationals
KENT, Washington (August 4, 2018) – Matt Hagan maintained his position at the top of the Funny Car field on Saturday at the NHRA Northwest Nationals, standing on his 3.913-second at 324.75-mph run from Friday’s second qualifying session. The pole is the 34th of Hagan’s career and fourth of the season.
In his Sandvik Coromant Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, Hagan made the second-best pass of the opening qualifying session (4.008-seconds at 320.81-mph) before powering to the best Funny Car pass of the weekend in Q2. Saturday wasn’t as kind to Hagan who posted a 6.936 in Q3, and a 4.122 in Q4, but the 2013 Pacific Raceways winner feels confident in crew chief Dickie Venables’ ability to fine-tune their combination to allow for optimal performance with their new Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat body.
“Right now, we’re having some issues with wear on the clutch. The new Hellcat body is giving us a little bit of a learning curve. It’s going to be way better; we just need to make some adjustments with the primary and things like that. The car is running great; obviously, we’re No. 1. We have some good data to work off of; we’re just going to have to figure out the clutch wear and what the car wants. We’re forty pounds lighter, the fuel tank and fire bottle have been moved to the back. It’s a little bit of a different setup than what we’re used to, so the car is asking for something a little different. But every run we make with it, we’re learning something. Once we get it figured out, it’s going to be a better combo.”
From the No. 1 position, Hagan will have lane choice over first-round opponent, Cruz Pedregon, as he attempts to secure his second Pacific Raceways Funny Car victory, and fourth victory of the year.
“Tough draw with Cruz Pedregon tomorrow. He’s a good leaver, a good driver, but there are no easy rounds out here. You have to get through them one round at a time and take it like that all day on Sunday.”
Qualified: No. 1 (lane choice)
The Competition: No. 16 Cruz Pedregon
Q1: 4.008 E.T. at 320.81 MPH (Two bonus points for second quickest run of the session)
Q2: 3.913 E.T. at 324.75 MPH (Three bonus points for quickest run of the session)
Q3: 6.936 E.T. at 95.15 MPH
Q4: 4.122 E.T. at 310.70 MPH