Post-Race #4WideNats

Matt Hagan

“I’m glad the four-wides are behind us. I would’ve loved to have won it, but it’s a chaotic event. It’s a great show for the fans, but what we normally do is repetition, doing the same thing every time. Swapping lanes, trying to figure out who did what, who to pick and who did what is a lot going on. At the end of the day, we still leave here with the points lead. We’ve gone some rounds, we’ve been qualifying well, and the car is running good. There will be peaks and valleys with drag racing, that’s just part of it. There will be a lot of highs and a lot of lows and a little in between. I would’ve loved to have won for Shelor Motor Mile and my family’s company. Maybe we will get them in Richmond. I’m looking forward to crawling back in a racecar and keep what we’re doing going.”

  • Earned No. 4 provisional qualifying position in Q1 on Friday (3.890 ET at 329.42 mph).
  • Earned No. 2 qualifying position in Q2 on Friday (3.867 ET at 330.55 mph).
  • Scored two bonus points for second-quickest run of the session.
  • Maintained No. 2 qualifying position from Q2. Hagan’s Q3 run on Saturday was a 7.052 ET at 96.43 mph.
  • Secured No. 2 qualifying position based off Q2 run on Friday. In Q4 on Saturday, Hagan ran a 3.921 ET at 328.70 mph.
  • Scored one bonus point for third-quickest run of the session.
  • Advanced to Round 2 on Sunday:
  • Round 1: 3.895 ET at 331.69 mph, defeated Blake Alexander (5.652 ET at 127.04 mph) and Paul Lee (13.325 ET at 62.51 mph). Mike McIntire Jr., also advanced to Round 2 (3.966 ET at 316.01 mph).
  • Round 2: 8.168 ET at 91.59 mph, lost to Ron Capps (3.954 ET at 323.89 mph) and Mike McIntire Jr. (4.031 ET at 312.64 mph). J.R. Todd was also defeated in Round 2 (10.389 ET at 89.36 mph).
  • Currently leads the Funny Car championship standings with a 22-point advantage over Robert Hight.