Dallas Jerry Haas Thursday Qualifying Report

Jerry Haas Motorsports Fenton, Missouri NHRA Pro Stock Truck Haas Earns Berth In Pro Stock Truck Field After First Day Of Qualifying At the NHRA O'Reilly Fallnationals ENNIS, TX- Jerry Haas ended the first day of qualifying at the...

Jerry Haas Motorsports Fenton, Missouri NHRA Pro Stock Truck

Haas Earns Berth In Pro Stock Truck Field After First Day Of Qualifying At the NHRA O'Reilly Fallnationals

ENNIS, TX- Jerry Haas ended the first day of qualifying at the NHRA O'Reilly Fallnationals in Ennis, Tx., as the 12th quickest driver out of 38 entries in the Pro Stock truck division. The multi-time Car Craft All-Star award recipient from Fenton, Miss., was pleased with the performance of his new Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins-assembled powerplant that propelled his Chevrolet S-10 to a spot in the competitive field.

The veteran chassis builder opened qualifying for the next to last event on the 14-race series at the famed Texas Motorplex with a 7.659/177.61, which was good enough for the seventh position after the first of four qualifying runs. Many of the earlier drivers that attempted to qualify had problems finding the right combination to get from one end of the track to the other under full power. Haas went straight as an arrow to the finish line on the all-concrete racing surface.

Prior to his second attempt, Haas had to switch over to a new set of slicks. This procedure usually creates an interesting scenario, as many of the sport's top drivers always have to make a few runs to find the right combination for the new rubber. Haas encountered the typical woes associated with breaking a new set of slicks as he shook the tires in both first and second gear. He failed to improve on his first qualifying attempt, but still managed a 7.706/177.64.

"We have found a good baseline to work off of," explained Haas. "We had to change slicks and it usually takes a couple of runs to break in a new set. This race also marks our first race out on the new Jenkins motor. The track has yielded some good runs today and I am very much confident that we will step up tomorrow."

Haas and the balance of the Pro Stock truck field will have two qualifying runs at the NHRA O'Reilly Nationals on Friday, with sessions slated for 1:15 PM and 5:15 PM. The quickest sixteen qualifiers will compete in eliminations slated for Saturday at 11:15 AM.

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