Matt Wins Gerber Collision & Glass NHRA Route 66 Nationals presented by PEAK Performance

“It was a massive day for TSR (Tony Stewart Racing) and the Direct Connection Dodge//SRT guys. Back-to-back wins is super in very tough track conditions this weekend. This place was so tricky with the heat and humidity. We got stuck in the tough lane and we drove it to another win. Dickie Venables (crew chief), Mike Knudsen (co-crew chief), Alex Conaway (car chief) and all of the crew guys do such a great job on race day. I trust them to put me in position to win races. I just stab the throttle and steer it. I had to drive the wheels off the car today.

For much of my career, I drove for Don Schumacher, and we celebrated his life here this weekend in his hometown. He got me into Funny Car racing 15 years ago. Now, I race for Tony Stewart Racing, and Tony gives me the best equipment I could ask for in NHRA competition. We didn’t qualify as well as we wanted with an 11th spot, but, on race day, we clicked those win lights and that is what it is all about. Getting those ‘four win’ lights is why we do this. I feel like if you are in it, you can win it. Racing and beating John Force is an honor. He is the GOAT. So, I feel tremendous when you beat the best ever. I’m always excited to win a ‘Wally’ trophy and now it was my 51st career win. I’m so grateful to race these cars and drive for Dodge and Tony Stewart Racing.”

  • Earned No. 6 provisional qualifying position in Q1 on Friday (4.012 ET at 322.27 mph)
  • Fell to No. 11 provisional qualifying position based off of Friday’s Q1 run. In Q2 on Friday, Hagan ran a 4.072 ET at 254.52 mph.
  • Maintained No. 11 provisional qualifying position based off of Friday’s Q1 run. In Q3 on Saturday, Hagan ran a 10.714 ET at 78.83 mph. Hagan faced Daniel Wilkerson in the Mission #2Fast2Tasty Challenge, where his run defeated Wilkerson’s 4.178 ET, 257.87 mph run due to a red light.
  • Secured No. 11 qualifying position based off of Friday’s Q1 run. In Q4 on Saturday, Hagan ran a 4.104 ET at 317.64 mph. Hagan faced J.R. Todd in the Mission #2Fast2Tasty Challenge Finals, where Hagan lost to Todd’s 4.040 ET, 316.52 mph run.
  • Advanced to Finals on Sunday:
  • Round 1: 4.087 ET at 297.09 mph, defeated Ron Capps (4.650 ET at 184.80 mph)
  • Round 2: 4.082 ET at 313.00 mph, defeated Paul Lee (4.106 ET at 290.51 mph)
  • Semifinals: 4.050 ET at 318.47 mph, defeated Blake Alexander (10.677 ET at 61.65 mph)
  • Finals: 3.998 ET at 323.27 mph, defeated John Force (4.096 ET at 311.05 mph)
  • Currently leads the Funny Car championship standings with a 14-point advantage over Austin Prock
  • Hagan’s win marked the 51st of his career and his fourth at the NHRA Route 66 Nationals. The victory gave Hagan the Funny Car points lead.
  • Hagan’s final-round appearance marked the 90th of his career and his fifth at the NHRA Route 66 Nationals (2010, 2013, 2014, 2015).
  • Hagan participated in his third Mission #2Fast2Tasty Challenge of the season, with his previous Challenges taking place at the NHRA Arizona Nationals and NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte. By advancing to the Semifinals at the NHRA Route 66 Nationals, Hagan qualified to participate in the #2Fast2Tasty Challenge at the next event, the NHRA New England Nationals, where he will face off against Blake Alexander.
  • Hagan made an appearance in Mokena, Illinois ahead of the NHRA Route 66 Nationals with a Rinnai distributor and their customers.
  • By competing in the NHRA Route 66 Nationals, Stewart became the only driver that has completed the trifecta of racetracks in Chicago – the oval track, dirt track and dragstrip.
  • Despite losing in Round 1, Stewart had a quicker reaction time in eliminations at .074-seconds compared to Zizzo’s .087-seconds, who was No. 1 qualifier at the NHRA Route 66 Nationals.
  • Looking ahead to the NHRA New England Nationals, Stewart will represent Rinnai tankless water heaters for their first race as primary sponsor in the 2024 season.