Inside Line Promotions - LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Sept. 16, 2020) - Derek Hagar is optimistic entering the 10th annual Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial this weekend.
Hagar has won both the winged and non-wing portions of the marquee event hosted by Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo. However, this weekend he will only be competing in winged action with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour when the event runs Thursday through Saturday.
"We've always had good success when we go to Missouri," he said. "We were just looking at the event t-shirt and it shows we're the only driver to win both the winged and non-wing races. This year we'll only be doing the winged stuff. I look forward to continuing that success this weekend. There's a bunch of cars there and each year the event gets bigger. Just to get in the A Main without having to run a B Main all weekend would be an accomplishment. Once we get in the show we know how to find our way to the front."
Hagar won the winged event in 2014 and he swept the weekend in non-wing competition in 2015.
Hagar is coming off a frustrating ending to a promising night last Saturday at I-30 Speedway, which featured the Ralph Henson Memorial with ASCS Mid-South Region and ASCS Lone Star Region.
"We were late getting there," he said. "I barely made it myself in time for the pill draw. We had some issues with the trailer. Kenny didn't leave the shop until 6 o'clock and it's a two-hour hike to the track. We didn't get to hot lap. When he got there we unloaded, put heat in the motor and went out for the heat race. We got the lead on the first lap and won it."
Hagar won his heat race from third. That put him in the pole shuffle and he lost his round to garner the sixth starting position for the main event. After winning the Race of Champions, which had no bearing on the program, Hagar lined up on the outside of the third row for the A Main.
"On the first lap I went from sixth to driving by a guy for second," he said. "We had a fast race car. I stuck the bottom really good in turns one and two. Everybody else went middle to the top. I was about to take second when the guy chopped me off going into the corner in turn three and it knocked the front end out. It broke the front end in half and then I got clobbered on the right side. That ended our night."
The DNF snapped Hagar's streak of nine straight top 10s.
QUICK RESULTS -
Sept. 12 - I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. - Heat race: 1 (3); Pole Shuffle 6 (5); Race of Champions: 1 (1); Feature: 20 (6).
SEASON STATS -
14 races, 6 wins, 8 top fives, 11 top 10s, 11 top 15s, 14 top 20s
UP NEXT -
Thursday through Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo., for the 10th annual Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour
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"These guys are awesome people," Hagar said. "My dad does contracting so he deals with them a bunch for concrete. They're just race fans who love the sport and wanted to help us out. It takes people like that to keep this sport going and we really can't thank them enough."
Hagar would like to thank B&D Towing and Recovery, J&J Auto Racing, FK Rod Ends, Dynotech Performance, Summit Truck Group, Fragola Performance Systems, Killer Coatings, Petra Construction, Administrative Consulting Services, Xtreme Race Graphics, Southern Collision Centre, Jeff's Heating and Cooling, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Weld Wheels, DHR Suspension, Hinchman Racewear, Wix Filters, Wings Unlimited, Valvoline and Ti64 for their continued support.
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