Funny car driver branches out from behind the wheel
Since 2008, Hagan has driven a car adorning his name in the NHRA Funny Car series, and in 2011, he became the second youngest driver to add his name to the list of series champions.
On Monday, the 31-year-old Christiansburg farmer saw his name on a different venue, as the Matt Hagan Outdoors retail store officially opened its doors for business.
“For where we’re at and for what we’re doing and for the farms and the community and just everybody that hunts around here, it just seemed like the perfect fit,” Hagan said.
The 6,000 square-foot Western-themed shop is located just across from the Kroger location on Lee Highway in Fairlawn.
It features a full line of boots and apparel from Rocky Brands – one of the major sponsors of Hagan’s Dodge Charger R/T funny car – as well as a variety of other Western-themed apparel and products that are hard to find elsewhere in the area. Complete Story
Langdon, Hagan, Jones, Krawiec collect season-ending wins
In Funny Car, Hagan gained a bit of revenge by defeating archrival Force in a marquee final-round pairing between the top two points finishers. Hagan, who won the race without the assistance of crew chief Dickie Venables, who was recuperating in Indianapolis after a recent medical procedure, posted a 4.018 at 320.66 in his Magneti Marelli/Rocky Boots Dodge Charger to edge the 16-time series champ’s Castrol GTX Ford Mustang at the finish. Read More
FILL-IN KNUDSEN STEPS UP TO TUNE HAGAN TO POMONA FINALS TITLE, FIFTH WIN OF THE 2013 SEASON FOR THE MOPAR/ROCKY BOOTS TEAM
POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 10, 2013) – A close friend of Matt Hagan and member of the Mopar/Rocky Boots Funny Car team couldn’t come to this weekend’s NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season finale in Southern California.
Their friend and crew chief, Dickie Venables, had to stay back in Indianapolis after having successful intestinal surgery on Wednesday. He was released from the hospital on Sunday.
Hagan and his crew, led at the Auto Club Finals by first-year assistant crew chief Michael Knudsen, could have passed the hat to collect enough money to send Venables flowers, candy or a really nice card.
Instead, the Mopar/Rocky team delivered an unbelievable weekend to the recuperating Venables that culminated Sunday with Hagan beating 2013 Funny Car world champion John Force in the championship round Sunday.