Post-Race #IndyNats

Matt Hagan

“What a wild, crazy weekend, but what a special weekend because it’s the Dodge Power Brokers U.S. Nationals. You don’t know how many years you get to race here and be a part of the Big Go and to have the pinnacle of our season right here before the Countdown, it’s just awesome. Our team really came together and put a great racecar underneath me. We just came up short in two really close drag races this weekend that were within thousands of a second apart. You’re talking about inches on the finish line. It’s tough to be on the backside of a good drag race, but what’s positive about it is that our Dodge Power Brokers Charger SRT Hellcat is running good and it’s responding to the changes that the crew chief is making. We really rallied around each other and that really showed this weekend. We’re putting all those rounds together and Dickie (Venables, crew chief) is really stepping up and throwing down against Robert Hight’s crew chief (Jimmy Prock.) I feel we’re moving in the right direction and we’re going into this Countdown really strong. (Ron) Capps is going to be tough. There’s a bunch of cars out here that are tough. We’ve just got to keep digging, working hard, and I’ve got to hit the practice tree more and as a team we have to come together and make that happen if we’re going to win championships.”

  • Earned No. 8 provisional qualifying position in Q1 on Friday (3.938 ET at 309.49 mph).
  • Maintained No. 8 provisional qualifying position after Q2 on Saturday (5.581 ET at 126.38 mph).
  • Earned No. 5 provisional qualifying position in Q3 on Saturday (3.892 ET at 333.41 mph).
  • The Pep Boys All-Star Funny Car Callout served as Round 4 of qualifying. Hagan ran a 3.895 ET at 334.15 mph, defeating Alexis DeJoria (7.413 ET at 92.95 mph).
  • In the Pep Boys All-Star Funny Car Callout Semifinal, which did not serve as Round 5 of qualifying, Hagan ran 4.180 ET at 255.73 mph, defeating Robert Hight (10.119 ET at 82.57 mph).
  • The Pep Boys All-Star Funny Car Callout Final served as Round 5 of qualifying. Hagan ran a 3.900 ET at 328.86 mph, losing to Ron Capps on a holeshot (3.936 ET at 330.47 mph).
  • Secured No. 7 qualifying position based off Saturday’s Q3 run.
  • Advanced to Round 2 on Monday:
  •     Round 1: 3.881 ET at 334.07 mph, defeated Alexis DeJoria (10.086 ET at 78.68 mph).
  •     Round 2: 3.867 ET at 334.65 mph, lost to Robert Hight (3.861 ET at 331.77 mph).
  • Currently third heading into the Countdown to the Championship, 40 points behind leader Hight.