GARY HUNT’S US 131 RACER OF THE WEEK PRESENTED BY AEROQUIP
Hockey’s “hat trick” is a rare accomplishment. The drag racing version is even more so, which is what makes 18-year-old Donnie Hagar’s triple last Sunday at US 131 Motorsports Park so special.
Hagar, a recent graduate of Columbia Central High School in Brooklyn and a resident of Liberty, drove a 1986 Pontiac Firebird provided by his uncle Bill into the winners’ circle in two different Lane Automotive Street ET races contested Sunday.
As if that wasn’t enough, then he won in Modified. That’s 21 overall round wins for a $1,900 payoff that, with the money he has earned working at Auto Value, will no doubt serve him very well at Jackson College, where he just began his studies.
In only his third full year of racing, Hagar wound up 13th in the final driver standings in Modified and just missed a second straight Street ET title, losing it to his dad, Ron, whom he beat two times during his Sunday run.
Congratulations, Donnie, from Gary Hunt and everyone else at US 131 Motorsports Park.
ABOUT GARY HUNT
Gary Hunt is in his ninth season as the track announcer at US 131 Motorsports Park, a track on which he used to race in the brackets and Stock Eliminator. His experience as a race car driver of some repute (he won seven points championships) has served him well behind the mike and while he often misses the thrill of competition, his “desk job” is not without its benefits. “It’s given me the best seat in the house, which is always climate controlled,” he said. “I never break any parts, don’t have to wait in line and I leave with a little bit of money every week.”