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-Photo ID # 01.04.03_043_HAG_EWS_0878_1
Car #: 43
Driver (s) : Tom Hager
Location: East Windsor, NJ
Date: 1978
Photographer: Al Quellette
Photo provided by: Al Quellette
Comments: Could a Falcon look any cooler than this?  Big Tom Hager at the controls on a Sunday Afternoon at East Windsor.  Tom still gets the job done at New Egypt, but I'll always remember how dominant Tom was in a rough looking blue sportsman Falcon during the early 70's at Flemington. (I think it had a heart on the back panel and let's just say that Kenny Roth wasn't around to do the lettering job - but it was quick!)
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04/18/07 Bucky Stevens Tom Hager actually had two of these cars. They are John T. Burnett frames, basic frame fabrication done by Howie Cronce. Some sister cars were the 9C, 1B Bowers, 1F Friedman, 24 N. Hartman, 8C Ty Constantino (9C), 301 McCaughey. Hager made these things fly.
 03.28.09 Tom Hager  I actually had 4 Burnett cars at one time. I took them all to Nazareth Speedway. I had 2 old cars and brought 2 new ones. Only man in history to win all 3 Modified heats with 3 different cars. One old one and 2 new ones. Howie Cronce and Billy Osmun drove the other 2 cars that were qualified and Jay Aten took the 4th one out in the consi and qualified. To my knowledge, I think I am the only car owner with 4 Modifieds in the same field. Ending up winning the feature and finished 2nd and 3rd with the other cars with the 4th one dropping out. Jerry Fried was the promoter. He put the new rule in that once you qualified the car you could not put another car in the field.
09.08.12    Mike Traverse "My favorite memory of Tom Hager is how he came from last starting spot in the 1976 Eastern States 200 to almost pull off the win, finishing 3rd. Another couple of laps, I'm sure Tom would have passed both Buzzie and Chamberlain for the win. What a drive and what a great racer he was."

Not part of the comment, but what a great story he related about the 4 cars qualifying at Nazareth.