As a 10-year veteran and two-time champion in the NHRA Funny Car series, Christiansburg’s Matt Hagan is already living one of his dreams.

He’s about to experience another.

All this week on multiple networks, the Auburn High School alum will be featured on an episode of “Jimmy Houston Outdoors” alongside the famous angler, whose show has been running since 1990.

“I was 10 years old growing up watching this guy almost every Saturday morning,” Hagan said in a recent phone interview. “Jimmy has always been the one catching big fish, and you go out and buy every lure to try to catch big fish like him. It’s really been kind of a fairy tale to come full circle and be on the boat with him.”

Hagan met Houston through sponsor connections and was invited to tape the episode last fall, as he was wrapping his ninth season in NHRA. Hagan spent time on a private Oklahoma lake with the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Famer as cameras rolled.

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Unofficial NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Standings:

Funny Car

1 Robert Hight 1397
2 Tommy Johnson Jr 1218
3 John Force 1199
4 Ron Capps 1171
5 Jack Beckman 1098
6 Matt Hagan 1047
7 Bob Tasca III 1038
8 J.R. Todd 981
9 Shawn Langdon 914
10 Tim Wilkerson 824