Post-Race Circle K NHRA Four-Wide Nationals

Matt Hagan

“We had a real rough weekend. Putting it in the sand trap kind of set the tone for how our weekend went and we had to pull out the spare car. We had one body for Operation Healing Forces and Johnson’s Horsepowered Garage, so it was tough to trash it. Sometimes things happen that are outside your control, as much as you try to prevent it. We had some good runs in our spare car and I was feeling good about it for race day. The track was a little better than we thought it was and missed the setup a little bit. The tires shook and we pedaled the car and it just wasn’t enough.

Four-wides are crazy and I’m looking forward to moving ahead. The crew will go back to the shop and get to work on the main chassis that went into the sand. We’ll probably shake it down the week before Chicago, so hopefully we’ll be back to normal and in the groove of things. This was an off weekend for our team, but we have to overcome adversity and that’s what we do.”

Hagan represented Operation Healing Forces (OHF) and Johnson’s Horsepowered Garage (JHG) at the Circle K NHRA Four-Wide Nationals. OHF was formed in 2011 with the goal of strengthening human bonds amongst the Special Operation Forces (SOF) community. OHF’s programs are specifically designed and tailored to enable war-torn men and women to break through the silence and openly discuss their battlefield and personal hardships and provide needed support. OHF believes in reintegration, rehabilitation and resiliency. JHG was formed in 2021 by Jason Johnson and brings a passion and flare to the automotive realm. They aim to inspire, drive and celebrate progress. JHG spans across Johnson’s car collection featuring more than 200 sought after vehicles from classics, to hot rods and supercars. JHG’s mission is to preserve and showcase the automotive industry.

  • Earned No. 2 provisional qualifying position in Q1 on Friday (3.941 ET at 326.71 mph). Hagan’s parachutes didn’t deploy following his run, which resulted in the team moving to the backup car.
  • Fell to No. 5 provisional qualifying position based off Friday’s Q1 run. In Q2 on Friday, Hagan ran a 9.465 ET at 77.89 mph.
  • Earned No. 10 provisional qualifying position in Q3 on Saturday (3.926 ET at 325.53 mph)
  • Secured No. 4 qualifying position in Q4 on Saturday (3.866 ET at 328.46 mph)
  • Scored two bonus points for second-quickest run of the session.
  • Round 1: 4.343 ET at 293.73 mph, lost to Alexis DeJoria (3.854 ET at 332.51 mph) and Chad Green (3.951 ET at 319.98 mph). Dale Creasy Jr. (4.469 ET at 278.86 mph) was also defeated by DeJoria and Green.
  • Currently leads the Funny Car championship standings with a 58-point advantage over Alexis DeJoria.