NORWALK, Ohio (June 23, 2017) - Valiant work by the NHRA Safety Safari to prepare a record-setting racing surface at Summit Motorsports Park in Northern Ohio after heavy rain to start Friday paid off for Don Schumacher Racing's­­ Matt Hagan during opening day of the NHRA national event.
Hagan and the Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Powered by Pennzoil team completed their first run in 3.881 seconds at a temporary track-record speed of 332.02 mph.
And it got even better for Hagan and crew chief Dickie Venables with assistant Michael Knudsen in the late night session when they went even quicker and faster to improve the time record to 3.865 and hold the provisional No. 1 spot heading to Saturday's last two sessions. Although his speed was higher at 333.33 on his last pass, it wasn't better than Robert Hight's 334.65.
"These fans are awesome for staying out all day through the rain so it was even more special to give them runs like that," said Hagan, the world record-holder for time (3.802) and speed (338.85) with a run this year Topeka.
"Dickie never surprises me," said Hagan, a three-time winner this year and two-time world champion who is looking for his first Ohio win. "Dickie and our Mopar guys make it happen; I just hang on for the ride. I think Dickie was expecting even more on that first run."



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Funny Car (Unofficial)

1. Robert Hight (2548)
2. Ron Capps (2533)
3. Courtney Force (2423)
4. Jack Beckman (2396)
5. Matt Hagan (2387)
6. John Force (2306)
7. Tommy Johnson Jr. (2276)
8. Tim Wilkerson (2237)
9. J.R. Todd (2233)
10. Cruz Pedregon (2163)