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Matt and the 80th Anniversary Mopar/Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T Powered by Pennzoil led by crew chief Dickie Venables with assistant Michael Knudsen became the second Funny Car to run in the 3.7-second range with a time of 3.799 seconds at 338.77 mph - both track records at Lucas Oil Raceway - to capture the provisional No. 1 qualifying position with a pair of track records.
"The boss (Don Schumacher) said, 'You guys are going to get another run on Saturday night,' and told the crew chiefs to get after it," said Hagan, who won the pole and event title a year ago in the U.S. Nationals. "That's one thing Dickie Venables knows how to do - get after it.
"That's actually only the third hit on that chassis. We came out here with brand new pipe and tested it last week. Our guys at the fab shop at DSR, the guys putting everything together, it just speaks volumes for what our company is capable of doing.
"What a fun ride to hang on to. It's out there digging, it's floating, it's hunting around. I made a couple of corrections but tried to not make too many because when it's on a run like that, you start jogging on the wheel and it could pull the tires loose."


On Wednesday, NHRA pros combined to make nearly 100 runs down Lucas Oil Raceway as part of a two-day test ahead of the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals. After a marathon 11-hour day, the quickest time slips went to Tony Schumacher (3.702) and Matt Hagan (3.861) in Top Fuel and Funny Car, respectively. Full Story

Hagan and the Pennzoil/Mopar Dodge with crew chief Dickie Venables with assistant Michael Knudsen were very quick and consistent over four qualifying attempts and among the quickest Saturday after earning the No. 2 position Friday night with a time of 3.807 seconds, which is the fourth quickest ever in a Funny Car.
"We've had four good runs so far and almost set a national record, but didn't, so it doesn't really matter," said Hagan, who is second in the standings but only eight ahead of Robert Hight of John Force Racing who took his world record Friday. "At the end of the day, the national records, after we've set so many, it's just an 'atta boy,' people remember championships and race wins and that's what we need to focus on and get this car dialed in for the next couple of races."
In Funny Car, the DSR Dodge Charger R/T teams Powered by Pennzoil also produced a solid effort with all four drivers qualifying in the top half of the 16-car field for eliminations in which each will have lane choice in the first round.
The biggest turnaround was by two-time world champion Matt Hagan and the 80th Anniversary Mopar/Express Lane team led by crew chief Dickie Venables and assistant Michael Knudsen.
After a disappointing two events to open the Western Swing with second- and first-round losses, Hagan moved into the No. 2 spot at Pacific Raceways with a 3.930 (328.54) on Saturday's first run then closed the day with a 3.950 (327.90).
Hagan's best elapsed time matched the run by teammate Tommy Johnson Jr. (Terry Chandler's Make-A-Wish Dodge) on Friday night but Hagan's faster speed leapfrogged Johnson, who qualified third.
"We've had four good runs here and everything is jivin' and clickin'," Hagan said. "The car's gone down the racetrack every time and we have something we can race with tomorrow."



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Funny Car (Unofficial)

1. Courtney Force (546)
2. Jack Beckman (538)
3. Matt Hagan (487)
4. Tommy Johnson Jr. (436)
5. J.R. Todd (428)
6. Robert Hight (421)
7. Ron Capps (404)
8. Cruz Pedregon (357)
9. Shawn Langdon (301)
10. Tim Wilkerson (293)