“The car has just been working good all weekend. We made a great run last night and I knew we had something for the fans today,” Lagana said. “We have such a great history with this track. Our team had our first 300 mile per hour run and our first four second pass off of the ramp truck exactly 10 years ago at this race. To reach another milestone here at U.S. 131 Motorsports Park is incredible. You literally have to have everything go right to reach a number like that and I think it is a testament to our team to put it all together and run a number like that.”
Lagana’s historical weekend included four bracket-like passes with runs of 4.715, 4.682, 4.633 and 4.664 in sweeping the weekend. The win was especially important for the one person missing from the crew Saturday night, Lagana’s father who is at home recovering from a heart condition.
“Certainly it is upsetting that he isn’t here, but I think we just sped up his healing process,” Lagana said. “Without our dad we would not be here. He has done so much for us and it definitely isn’t the same without him around. When we got back to the pits we called him up and said ‘hey dad, hopefully you are sitting down because we don’t want you to have another heart attack.’ He was as excited as we were.”
In other professional competition Mike Minick completed the weekend sweep in AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car, taking the “Chi-Town Hustler” to four-straight round wins and four great passes. In Saturday’s final Minick ran a 5.842, 247.72 over Mike McIntire in the “McAttack” Camaro who ran a 6.035, 237.79.
Ron Maroney won Saturday’s Nostalgia Fuel Altered class in the “Blind Faith” entry, nipping Mike Hilsabeck in the “Arizona Thunder” at the line with a 6.069, 200.74 to a 6.533, 196.17.
Wrapping up Saturday’s pro competition was Tracy Kile who won in Nitro Harley over Jay Turner. Kile had a 6.837, 204.19 in the final as Turner ran into trouble during his run.
Joining the capacity crowd was an equally impressive car count as the Summit Racing Equipment Pro-Am Tour and U.S. 131 Motorsports Park’s regular ET program were unable to be completed Saturday night. Sportsman racers will wrap up the weekend on Sunday with a full day of racing.
But without a doubt it was Lagana’s record-setting night that stole Saturday’s show and left the capacity crowd on their feet.
“This whole weekend puts in perspective how far we have come,” Lagana said. “We have had a lot of great moments, but this may top them all. That is why we work day in and day out, for moments like this. And to do it in front of a packed house for Jason, Stephanie and the IHRA, what more could you ask for?”