Hagan hopes momentum brings special Father’s Day weekend for Rocky Boots team at Bristol Dragway

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (June 11, 2013) – Along with the Rocky Boots/Magneti Marelli Offered by Mopar colors on Matt Hagan’s 10,000-horsepower Funny Car, momentum is riding with Hagan into the Thunder Valley NHRA Nationals at Bristol Dragway this weekend in Tennessee.

With nine of 24 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events complete, Hagan’s team has two wins, including the most recent event in Englishtown, N.J., four final round appearances, two No. 1 qualifier starts and leads the Funny Car points standings.

But Hagan has his eye set on even more once racing begins Friday at Bristol.

He will have a rather large cheering section this weekend with family and friends from his hometown of Christiansburg, Va., and he doesn’t want to disappoint.

“Bristol is a hometown track for me,” Hagan said. “It’s going to be crazy. It’s about two hours from where I live in Virginia. Along with family and friends, my dad is bringing around 200 employees from Shelor Motor Mile this weekend. It’s awesome. I know they are all rooting for me and I want to do well for them. Bristol would be an awesome race to win.”

To win in front of his friends is one thing. But sharing winner’s circle with his wife, Rachel, and two children, Colby and Penny, who will be attending on Father ‘s Day, would mean everything to Hagan.

“Rachel’s been my good luck charm before,” he said. “So I’m really hoping she’ll bring us the luck and to have my kids with me in the winner’s circle would just be phenomenal.

“It’s hard to think about because we take things one round at time. You just never know what you’re going to get with these racecars so I hope to do well for everyone that’s coming out to support me. We’re going to dig deep and work hard and hopefully celebrate with everyone from Rocky Boots and my family and friends on Sunday.”

SPECIAL APPEARANCE: Hagan and his Rocky Boots Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car will be at Mahoney’s (830 Sunset Drive in Johnson City, Tenn.) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday to meet fans and sign autographs.

The following are Hagan’s statistics and other event notes for the Thunder Valley NHRA Nationals at Bristol Dragway:

MATT HAGAN TRACK STATS

Last event (June 2, Englishtown, N.J.): Qualified No. 1; beat Jack Beckman in championship round.

A year ago at Bristol: Qualified No. 6; lost in second round to Jack Beckman.

         Pts Events Titles Rup Semi Poles DNQ Win/Loss

2013 1st      9           2       2        1       2        0       17-7

Career       106         7      12      16     12       4     127-95

THIS WEEKEND AT BRISTOL, TENN.

Thunder Valley NHRA Nationals, Bristol Dragway

Friday: 6 p.m., 8 p.m., nitro qualifying

Saturday: 1 p.m., 3 p.m., nitro qualifying

Sunday: Noon, championship eliminations

ON ESPN2/ESPN2HD

Saturday: 7-9:30 p.m. (ET, delayed), qualifying

Sunday: 1-3, 11 p.m.-midnight, (ET, delayed), eliminations

WEATHER.COM

Friday: High 78, 20 percent chance of rain

Saturday: High 81, 0 percent chance of rain

Sunday: High 86, 10 percent chance of rain

About ROCKY

Founded in 1932, Rocky footwear and clothing manufactures and markets rugged outdoor, duty, work, western and military footwear, apparel and accessories. The company’s products are available in nearly 3,000 retail and catalog outlets. It is a division of Rocky Brands, a publicly traded company on NASDAQ® under the symbol: RCKY. More information can be found at www.rockyboots.com and twitter at @rockygear and Facebook.com/rockygear.

About Magneti Marelli 

Based in Italy (Corbetta, Milan), Magneti Marelli was established in 1919. The company is a subsidiary of Fiat Group and has a presence and reputation in racing, including Formula 1, World Rally Championship (WRC) and NHRA Drag Racing.

With 2012 revenue of $7.5 billion and approximately 36,900 employees, Magneti Marelli designs and produces advanced automotive systems and components. The company has 83 production facilities, 12 research and development centers and 26 application centers in 19 countries. The group supplies leading automakers in Europe, North America, South America and the Far East. Its business areas include: Electronic Systems, Lighting, Powertrain, Suspension Systems and Shock Absorbers, Exhaust Systems, Aftermarket Parts and Services, Plastic Components and Modules, and Motorsport.

Magneti Marelli USA coordinates the activities of all Magneti Marelli divisions in the NAFTA region from its North American headquarters, located in Auburn Hills, Mich.

Magneti Marelli can rely on a longstanding presence in North America with Powertrain, Lighting, Electronic Systems, Suspension Systems (shock absorbers) and Motorsports businesses. Magneti Marelli has established a significant presence in the world of aftermarket and service networks in the United States, thanks to the partnership with MOPAR.

About Magneti Marelli After Market Parts and Services 

Magneti Marelli After Market Parts and Services is the division of Magneti Marelli devoted to all the activities related to the automotive aftermarket and service networks.

Magneti Marelli AMPS has business activities in over 80 countries where it distributes spare parts, automotive components and information to the Independent Aftermarket, through a network of spare parts dealers; and provides the drivers with assistance, services, products and know-how through a network of authorized workshops. Magneti Marelli After Market Parts and Services also provides workshops with professional training courses. The division operates on the repair market under the trademark of Magneti Marelli Checkstar Service Network in Europe, while in Latin America, in addition to the Checkstar name, Magneti Marelli also operates under the Cofap name. Putting together all the various trademarks, the network has almost 4,800 workshops worldwide.

About the Mopar Brand 

Mopar is Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. With the creation of the Chrysler Group and Fiat S.p.A. partnership, Mopar is extending its global reach, integrating service, parts and customer-care operations in order to enhance dealer and customer support worldwide. Combined with Fiat S.p.A., Mopar’s global portfolio includes more than 500,000 parts and accessories that are distributed in more than 130 countries. Mopar is the source for all genuine parts and accessories for Chrysler Group and Fiat S.p.A. brands.

Mopar parts are unique in that they are engineered with the same teams that create factory-authorized vehicle specifications for Chrysler Group and Fiat S.p.A. vehicles – a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. A complete list of Mopar accessories and performance parts is available at www.mopar.com.

About Don Schumacher Racing 

Don Schumacher Racing, headquartered in Brownsburg, Ind., starts 2013 with seven professional NHRA teams. In Top Fuel, the 2012 NHRA Top Fuel world champion Matco Tools dragster driven by Antron Brown and the U.S. Army dragster driven by seven-time world champion Tony Schumacher and the Battery Extender Powered by Schumacher dragster driven by Spencer Massey; and in Funny Car, 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Valvoline/MTS Mail for Wounded Warriors Dodge Charger R/T, 2011 world champion Matt Hagan in the Mopar/Rocky Dodge, the NAPA Filters of Ron Capps and the Pitch Energy Dodge of Johnny Gray.

DSR has won 207 NHRA national event titles and 11 world championships.

Follow Don Schumacher Racing at ShoeRacing.com, on Twitter at @shoeracing and Facebook.com/shoeracing.

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