GAINESVILLE, FLA. - Some things will motivate a man and usually it's the worst instances that generate the most motivation. Such is the case with NHRA Pro Stock Truck driver Brad Jeter as he prepares for this weekend's MAC Tools Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla. Just one round after participating in the quickest side-by-side race in the history of the division at last year's event, he got outrun by eventual winner Mark Osborne in the semis. It's one of the days that Jeter would just as soon to forget.
"It's an unfortunate thing that people have to win and lose in this sport," explained Jeter. "If determination could win races, I think we would have made a clean sweep at Gainesville last season. Ever since Jerry and I teamed up, we have wanted to get in the winner's circle and then we lost in Pomona in the first round back in February. I'll say thisâ€¦there isn't a day that goes by that I don't get pumped up thinking about Gainesville because of what happened at Pomona."
For Haas and Jeter's debut at the NHRA Autozone Winternationals in Pomona, Ca., the duo was not dealt a kind hand by fate and lost in the first round holeshot to Rick Jones.
Team owner and crewchief Haas says the experience at Pomona is something that the team is over and they have their sights solidly on Gainesville.
"If you let those kind of things bother you, you'll never overcome adversity," explained Haas, who drove and finished 10th in the points standings last year in the division. "Brad is a good driver. He's learned how to take those bad memories and channel them into determination and motivation."
The duo will begin qualifying tomorrow at the NHRA Mac Tools Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., with two sessions scheduled. Final eliminations are scheduled for Sunday.