Post-Race #VirginiaNats

Matt Hagan

“It was another amazing weekend in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series. We had a new sponsor on the car with Smithfield and got those folks crossed over from NASCAR a little bit. We went to the finals again and got to race Robert Hight. It’s going to be a fun season throwing down against him. It was special since it was my 300th career start, and it came right here in my home state of Virginia. Our car is running great and we’ve been to so many finals already and won two races, so I know there is more to come. We obviously wanted to win this weekend, but we’re going to be back in the Dodge Power Brokers Funny Car soon and be applying that power. I just want to say thank you to the fans for coming out and supporting us. The stands were packed. Thank you all for the love and we’re going to keep working hard to turn on those win lights.”

  • The Virginia NHRA Nationals marked Hagan’s milestone 300th career Funny Car start, and it came in his home state. Hagan is from Christiansburg, Virginia, located 190 miles west of the track.
  • Hagan’s 335.82 mph run in Friday’s qualifying session set a new track speed record by nearly 10 mph. Hight was the previous record holder win a run of 326.32 mph in May 2019.
  • Hagan’s 3.853 ET run in Saturday’s Q3 session set a new track ET record. Force was the previous record holder with a 3.899 ET in May 2019.
  • The No. 1 qualifying position Hagan earned on Friday was his second No. 1 spot this season, the 44th of his career and his first at Virginia Motorsports Park.
  • Hagan’s final round appearance was the 76th of his career. He has advanced to the finals in five out of the first seven NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series events in 2022.