There’s work to be done this week for Matt Hagan and it doesn’t include his Mopar/Rocky Boots Funny Car. He has chores at home on his cattle farm in rural Virginia.

Home for Hagan is an escape from the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series scene. It’s where he can reflect, relax and rejuvenate his mental game. And that’s exactly what he’s doing prior to the 29th annual NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa.

With three of six Countdown to the Championship playoff races complete, the Mopar team is clinging to the points lead in the Funny Car class by six points over 15-time champion John Force. Led by crew chief Dickie Venables, Hagan has a runner-up finish and two quarterfinal finishes in the past three events. More >