Matt benefitted from the wizardry of crew chief Dickie Venables and assistant Michael Knudsen that tuned his Dodge to a 3.868 (330.63).
"I can't say enough about how good Dickie is with racing the racetrack," said Hagan, the two-time world champion who limped down the track on his first try in nearly 11 seconds.
"Dickie and our guys knew what needed to be done and they did it. That was a wild ride. We got a little close to the wall past the finish line but close doesn't count. I think this Mopar Dodge can get the pole tomorrow."
To put those runs into perspective, the next closest to Hagan's performance was DSR teammate Jack Beckman in Terry Chandler's Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge that had a subpar time of 4.351 at 223.28. The closest to Schumacher in the second session had a time of 3.901 (234.25).