GAINESVILLE, FLA. - Brad Jeter and Jerry Haas found a good combination during the first day of professional qualifying at the NHRA MAC Tools Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., and as a result their Chevrolet S-10 stepped up among the 35 entries...
GAINESVILLE, FLA. - Brad Jeter and Jerry Haas found a good combination during the first day of professional qualifying at the NHRA MAC Tools Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., and as a result their Chevrolet S-10 stepped up among the 35 entries in attendance. During the second session on Friday, Jeter produced his best lap with a 7.521/178.59 and ascended to the third spot.
This provides the Greenville, SC.-based driver with an excellent baseline for the final two qualifying sessions, to be held tommorrow.
"This puts everything right on schedule," explained Jeter, who finished second in the championship points standings for 1999. "We wanted to go out there and find a good baseline that would put us in the upper half of the program. We reached our objective today and tomorrow we plan to step up even more."
Jeter opened qualifying for the second Pro Stock Truck event on the 15-event schedule by slipping into the ninth spot with a 7.579/178.38.
He rebounded during the Friday afternoon session and was fortunate to catch a better elapsed time.
Haas is pulling double duty as crewchief and driver during the course of the weekend. Haas is subbing for Pro Stock car driver Ray Franks, who is unable to make it to the event due to business constraints. All the while, he's still wrenching his Chevrolet S-10.
Haas feel that it's going to be busy, but he's ready for the challenge.
"I'll be plenty busy," explained Haas, who is an award-winning chassis builder from Fenton, Mo. "It's one of those things where you try and step in and help a fellow driver. I know someone would help me if I needed it. That's the thing that separates drag racing from the others. There's a tremendous amount of comraderie in the trenches, even though we're in competition against one another."
Currently Haas is in the 31st spot with a 7.014/197.02.
The duo will conclude qualifying tomorrow at the NHRA Mac Tools Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., with two sessions scheduled. Final eliminations are scheduled for Sunday.