Hagar Captures Ralph Henson Memorial at I-30 Speedway for Third Time

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– LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Sept. 14, 2021) – Derek Hagar became the first three-time winner of the Ralph Henson Memorial thanks to a strong showing at I-30 Speedway last Saturday.

Hagar was victorious nearly every time he hit the track during the 14 th edition of the marquee ASCS Mid-South Region event.

“We had a good car and started third in the heat race,” he said. “We got by Marshall (Skinner) for the lead about three laps into it and won the heat race, which put us third in points. I drew the No. 4 for the pole shuffle. I was able to knock the top three cars out and get the pole position for the feature, which was key because the track took rubber in the 305 race. I just knew I needed to hit my marks and save my tires.”

Hagar placed fifth in the Race of Champions that was held midway through the show.

“I didn’t want to tip off anything so I just played it safe,” he said. “The biggest focus was on winning the feature.”

Hagar made the most out of lining up on the pole for the 25-lap feature.

“We led the distance,” he said. “On the last lap I got bottled up behind a lapped car. Jordon (Mallett) showed me his nose going into turn three, but I was able to get by the lapped car. I moved my corner up anticipating the lapped car moving up. I was able to squirt by him and get some breathing room coming to the checkered.

“We were hit with a lot of bad news last Wednesday. The Wilson’s are a big part of our family so to go out there and get a win for them and take Jacob to Victory Lane with us was special. There were some tears shed and laughter in Victory Lane. We put a sticker on the side of the hood and I made sure that wasn’t covered up. Jacob was there with us and helping us get that win.”

Hagar is aiming to continue his momentum this Thursday through Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo., during the Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour. He won the winged event in 2014 and swept the weekend in non-wing competition in 2015.


Sept. 11 – I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. – Heat race: 1 (3); Pole Shuffle: Won; Race of Champions: 5 (5); Feature: 1 (1).


37 races, 4 wins, 11 top fives, 19 top 10s, 24 top 15s, 27 top 20s


Thursday through Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo., for the Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour


Website: http://www.DerekHagarRacing.com

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