Post-Race PlayNHRA Virginia Nationals

PlayNHRA Virginia Nationals

“It was a hot and tricky racetrack this weekend. A lot of teams were having problems and we were having problems as well trying to keep eight cylinders lit. We didn’t qualify great, but we always seem to race great. We really fought through the cars this weekend. Even though we weren’t running as strong as we could, but that comes with keeping all eight cylinders lit. If we can do that, we’ll turn things around and win some more races along the way. I’m just trying to keep it in the groove and hang on and it’ll all come together. I do trust in my guys and I’m so proud of them. When you’re sitting in the car and can see beads of sweat dripping down their faces and arms, it makes you proud to have a team like that. It was a very challenging weekend. Our body and tires guy had some heat exhaustion, so the team had to step up and adapt to make sure all our bases were covered.

Obviously, we’re also thinking about and praying for John (Force). He’s had some licks over the years and he’s one of the toughest guys we’ve ever seen. That’s why he’s still in the race car. We hope he’s okay and wish him the best. We love him to death. He’s the G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time) for a reason. If anyone can bounce back from something like that, it’s him.”

  • Earned No. 5 provisional qualifying position in Q1 on Saturday (4.129 ET at 261.27 mph)
  • Maintained No. 5 provisional qualifying position based off of Saturday’s Q1 run. In Q2 on Saturday, Hagan ran a 4.140 ET at 298.01 mph. Hagan faced Austin Prock in the Mission #2Fast2Tasty Challenge, where Prock’s 4.122 ET, 315.39 mph run defeated Hagan.
  • Secured No. 10 qualifying position based off of Saturday’s Q1 run. In Q3 on Saturday, Hagan ran a 4.170 ET at 306.88 mph.
  • Advanced to Semifinals on Sunday:
  • Round 1: 4.335 ET at 275.34 mph, defeated J.R. Todd (4.395 ET at 264.60 mph)
  • Round 2: 4.266 ET at 252.10 mph, defeated Mike Smith (7.627 ET at 87.16 mph)
  • Semifinals: 4.031 ET at 312.42 mph, lost to Austin Prock (3.962 ET at 316.97 mph)
  • Currently third in the Funny Car championship standings, 166 points behind leader Austin Prock
  • By advancing to the Semifinals, Stewart tied for his best finish of the season, with his previous two-wide Semifinal appearance taking place at the NHRA Arizona Nationals. Stewart also advanced to the Finals in four-wide competition at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Las Vegas.
  • In the first nine races of the season, Hagan has advanced to the Finals a total of four times and has made two Semifinal appearances, collecting two wins in Charlotte and Chicago.
  • Hagan participated in his fifth Mission #2Fast2Tasty Challenge of the season, with his previous challenges taking place at the NHRA Arizona Nationals, NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte, Route 66 Nationals in Chicago and the NHRA New England Nationals in Epping, New Hampshire.
  • By advancing to the Semifinals at the PlayNHRA Virginia Nationals, Hagan and Stewart qualified to participate in the #2Fast2Tasty Challenge at the next event, the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. Hagan will face a rematch against Austin Prock, for the second challenge in a row. Stewart will face off against Doug Kalitta.
  • Hagan is the current track record holder at Virginia Motorsports park for both time and speed (3.853 ET at 331.45 mph), a mark he set in 2022.
  • Stewart’s Round 1 run was the quickest ET (elapsed time) of all competitors at 3.874 seconds.