Hagan scheduled for Full Throttle appearance at Pomona-area Bass Pro Shops

As the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series embarks on its 60th year of competition, title sponsor Full Throttle Energy Drink once again is teaming up with leading retailers such as Bass Pro Shops to join in the year-long celebration. On Wednesday, Feb. 23, the night before the season-opening Kragen O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals presented by Valvoline kicks off at historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Funny Car driver Matt Hagan will make an appearance on behalf of the NHRA series sponsor at Bass Pro Shops, located at 7777 Victoria Gardens Lane in nearby Rancho Cucamonga.

The 2010 Funny Car championship runner-up, who drives the DieHard Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car for Don Schumacher Racing, will be on hand to sign autographs and greet fans during his appearance from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Samples of Full Throttle Energy Drink will be distributed during the free, two-hour event. Fans also can check out a DSR show car upon arrival at the store.

“I’m ready to hit the ground running this season, and that starts with being able to show fans how much we as drivers appreciate their continued support,” said Hagan, who in 2010 came within 42 points of winning his first Funny Car title in only his second year of competition. “We also would like to thank Full Throttle Energy Drink for giving us the opportunity to do so by hosting these events.”

“It’s always fun to go out and meet fans away from the racetrack, and Bass Pro Shops provides the perfect venue to do that. As someone who likes to hunt and fish when I’m not racing, it’s a great atmosphere to talk with drag-racing fans and other outdoor enthusiasts at one of my favorite stores.”

Throughout its 60 years of existence, the NHRA widely has been recognized as one of the most accessible sports in the world. By delivering driver/rider appearances and sampling events at Bass Pro Shops and other leading retailers throughout the 2011 season, Full Throttle Energy Drink is doing its part to enhance the overall experience for fans.

This will be the second consecutive race that the NHRA title sponsor has teamed up with America’s premier outdoor retailer to host a pre-race event. Hagan and Top Fuel driver TJ Zizzo made appearances at the Pomona-area Bass Pro Shops before the season-ending Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals last November. With destination outdoor retail stores across America and Canada, Bass Pro Shops serves over 75 million sportsmen a year.

source http://www.nhra.com

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