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"When you perform at Charlotte Motor Speedway, it's like the Super Bowl of stunts," said Hager, 35, of Orlando, Fla. "That's the biggest place you can perform a live show. It's the pinnacle as far as any live-show stunt guy is concerned.
"We are going to perform two huge stunts back-to-back on the same day which is virtually never done," Hager added. "No one ever does stuff like this."
The two stunts Hager will attempt are known as The Sky Crash and The T-bone.
The Sky Crash, slated to take place at 5:15 p.m. near Turn 1 of the superspeedway, will see Hager jump his car through the air, hitting a stationary car and sending him into a series of violent end-over-end flips. Approximately 15 cars will be positioned to cushion the blow as he tumbles down the race track.
Following a one-hour concert by country music super duo Montgomery Gentry, Hager will return and perform the T-bone near Turn 4. He will jump a car into what he calls a "steel wall" of approximately 15 automobiles, triggering a giant explosion which will surround him with a giant ball of fire.
Some of Hager's most spectacular stunts have been performed at Charlotte Motor Speedway during previous pre-race shows, but he knows two jumps of this type in such a short period will challenge him and his crew.
"We've done some really amazing stuff at Charlotte Motor Speedway so we are always trying to one up it the next time," Hager said. "It's going to be really rough on us."
Hager will have to withstand violent impacts during both stunts and he is already preparing physically. He has found that stretching and staying active plays a very important role on how his body is affected by the violent collisions.
A 15-year stunt veteran, Hager has performed more than 500 shows nationwide. He has three world records, including a 213-foot school bus jump at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1995.
His resume also includes dozens of television and motion picture credits, ranging from automobile jumps and precision driving to motorcycle stunts and fire burns. He jumped the famed General Lee for The Dukes of Hazzard movie, performed at the Disney Lights Motors Action Automotive Stunt Show and spent the summer performing stunts as part of a touring thrill show.
Hager is anxiously anticipating his return to Charlotte Motor Speedway and has a message for those planning to attend round five of the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
"Make sure you're there early so you can see the show," he said. "You definitely don't want to be late for this one."
Frontstretch tickets, which will provide a great view of Hager's two stunts and the Montgomery Gentry concert, are still available starting at just $39. For tickets and information, call 1-800-455-FANS or click here.
Details on Hager and his stunt company, Dangerous Moments, can be obtained online at www.dangerousmoments.com.