By Patrick Rall
This past weekend brought the drag racing world unique 4-Wide Nationals in Charlotte North Carolina, but for Mopar team driver Matt Hagan – things went sour in a big way. During one of the preliminary qualifying rounds Hagan lined up against three other cars from the Full Throttle Funny Car Series and even held an early lead until his Aaron’s/Mopar Dodge Charger exploded violently just past the halfway point on the track.
Remarkably, Hagan was able to control the flaming Charger funny car as it crossed the finish line, preventing his car from veering into the path of another racer and compounding the situation. Better yet, when the car had slowed enough for Hagan to jump out – he came out of the fiery wreckage without injury. Hagan still crossed the line with a time of just 4.317 seconds at a speed of 235.51; good enough for Hagan to qualify in the 7th spot of the 16 car field.
Hagan would turn to a backup car to enter into the second
round of qualifying, only to blow a motor on his second run – leaving him to
qualify 16th in round two.
Hagan’s team scrambled to get him back on the track but in the end, he
was not able to qualify for the final rounds of 4-wide racing.
Check out the video below of Matt Hagan’s Dodge Charger
exploding on Charlotte Motor Speedway’s 4-wide drag strip.