Post-Race NHRA New England Nationals

Matt Hagan, driver of the Rush Truck Centers Dodge//SRT Hellcat Funny Car:

  • Earned No. 14 provisional qualifying position in Q1 on Friday (10.990 ET at 84.45 mph)
  • Earned No. 5 provisional qualifying position in Q2 on Friday (3.910 ET at 322.96 mph)
  • Maintained No. 5 provisional qualifying position based off of Friday’s Q2 run. In Q3 on Saturday, Hagan ran a 4.104 ET at 308.71 mph. Hagan faced Blake Alexander in the Mission #2Fast2Tasty Challenge, where Alexander’s 4.026 ET, 311.41 mph run defeated Hagan.
  • Secured No. 5 qualifying position based off of Friday’s Q2 run. In Q4 on Saturday, Hagan ran a 4.036 ET at 322.65 mph.
  • Round 1: 4.185 ET at 248.07 mph, lost to Ron Capps (4.045 ET at 323.89 mph)
  • Currently third in the championship standings, 68 points behind Funny Car leader Austin Prock
  • Despite losing in Round 1, Hagan is the all-time leader in New England Nationals victories, having won four of the last seven events. During that span, he has compiled an 18-3 record. Hagan has more No. 1 starts at Epping than any other Funny Car driver with three.
  • Hagan represented Rush Truck Centers for their first race on his Funny Car. Rush Truck Centers is the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America with 140 locations coast to coast and takes pride in its integrated approach to customer needs – from vehicle sales to aftermarket parts, service and body shop operations, plus financing, insurance, leasing and rental, as well as alternate fuel systems and other vehicle technologies. Rush Truck Centers proudly employs more than 2,500 talented service technicians and they are the heartbeat of its dealerships. The company is always looking to add the best and brightest technicians to its team. Service technicians interested in looking for the next step in their careers can find additional information and listings of open positions on the Rush Enterprises Technician Careers page.

“We obviously didn’t want to go out the first round, but that is drag racing. We’re coming into the heat of things. We’re trying some new things with the race car and they aren’t working quite like we want it to. Anytime you change one thing, it changes six things. It’ll be part of the learning curve for the next couple races coming up. My team is very smart and they’ll figure it out. I just need to keep doing my job and the car will come around.”