Post-Race NHRA New England and Thunder Valley Nationals

Matt Hagan

“It looks like we’re struggling a little bit right now, but we’re actually making really good progress in preparation for the summer months and once we get into the Countdown. We have gathered a lot of great data this season and continue to do so in the heat. We just have to keep working at it, but we’re moving in the right direction. I have full confidence in Dickie (Venables – crew chief), Mike (Knudsen – co-crew chief), Alex (Conaway – car chief) and all of my guys. They’re working extremely hard and I know we will get back after it in Norwalk. I’m proud that we got to represent Operation Healing Forces and Johnson’s Horsepowered Garage this weekend.”

  • Earned No. 11 provisional qualifying position in Q1 on Friday (4.328 ET at 218.65 mph)
  • Earned No. 9 provisional qualifying position in Q2 on Friday (4.051 ET at 308.50 mph). Q2 also served as Round 1 of the NHRA New England Nationals that were delayed in Epping, New Hampshire due to rain.
  • Round 1: 4.051 ET at 308.50 mph, defeated Terry Haddock (9.974 ET at 73.00 mph)
  • Maintained No. 9 qualifying position based off of Friday’s Q2 run. In Q3 on Saturday, Hagan ran a 4.608 ET at 193.16 mph. Q3 also served as Round 2 of the NHRA New England Nationals.
  • Round 2: 4.608 ET at 193.16 mph, lost to J.R. Todd (4.117 ET at 314.90 mph)
  • Secured No. 8 qualifying position in Q4 on Saturday (4.038 ET at 314.61 mph)
  • Advanced to Round 2 in the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals on Sunday:
  • Round 1: 4.021 ET at 324.75 mph, defeated Mike McIntire Jr. (4.164 ET at 265.01 mph)
  • Round 2: 3.952 ET at 330.23 mph, lost to Robert Hight (3.913 ET at 324.20 mph)
  • Currently second in the Funny Car championship standings, 32 points behind leader Ron Capps
  • Hagan represented Operation Healing Forces (OHF) and Johnson’s Horsepowered Garage (JHG) at the NHRA Thunder Valley 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.