By no means has Matt Hagan had a bad start to the season. But the defending Funny Car world champ hasn’t had a winning start to the year, either, which means New England Dragway is popping up at the perfect point in the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series schedule.

Hagan has the last three wins there and he’ll look to make it four straight in Epping at next weekend’s NHRA New England Nationals presented by Bandero Premium Tequila. For a multitude of reasons — some explainable and others not — Hagan feels right at home at the facility, and it’s brought out the best in his team.

“Some tracks just treat you well and show you a lot of love,” Hagan said. “It’s kind of one of those things where we seem to qualify well and run well there. Our car likes to have that cooler weather and it’s a great racing surface there. When it’s a little cooler, the car just wants to run. That’s the wheelhouse for (crew chief) Dickie Venables. He just wants to throw down.”

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Camping World Funny Car Top Ten

1 Bob Tasca III 676
2 Matt Hagan 655
3 Robert Hight 636
4 John Force 624
5 Ron Capps 613
6 J.R. Todd 584
7 Alexis DeJoria 577
8 Tim Wilkerson 526
9 Cruz Pedregon 481
10 Terry Haddock 306

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