Post-Race Matt wins #VegasNats

Matt Hagan

“Anything is possible. Dickie Venables (crew chief), Mike Knudsen (co-crew chief) and Alex Conaway (car chief) are making some real power with this Dodge Power Brokers Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car, which is running strong. They’re putting a great hot rod underneath me. It’s cool to come out here on Sunday and win with two holeshots and be able to give my team the little extra bump to keep going. Sometimes you have to be a little lucky and sometimes you have to be a little good. You can never count Dickie out. This championship always comes down to the end. You just never know what’s going to happen and that’s what makes it so exciting for us as drivers, the crew chiefs, sponsors and fans.”

  • Hagan’s Funny Car victory in the NHRA Nevada Nationals was the 43rd of his career, his fourth of the season and his fourth at the NHRA Nevada Nationals.
  • Hagan was in a must-win situation coming into the NHRA Nevada Nationals and the three-time Funny Car champion delivered. In defeating points-leader Hight, Hagan remains in contention to collect a fourth Funny Car title heading into the season finale in two weeks in Pomona, California.
  • Hagan and Hight had their 44th career meeting Sunday at Las Vegas. It was the seventh time this season the two have competed against each other. Hight still leads 23-21 all-time.
  • Hagan has now gone back-to-back in final-round appearances. He advanced to the finals in the NHRA’s prior event at Dallas, where he lost to Ron Capps.