POMONA, CA.- Jerry Haas knew that he was going to have to improve on his DNQ status from the most recent Pro Stock Truck event on the NHRA/Winston Championship Drag Racing Series. The multi-time Car Craft All-Star award recipient from Fenton, ...
POMONA, CA.- Jerry Haas knew that he was going to have to improve on his DNQ status from the most recent Pro Stock Truck event on the NHRA/Winston Championship Drag Racing Series. The multi-time Car Craft All-Star award recipient from Fenton, Miss., took the initiative by earning his Texas Harley-Davidson sponsored, Chevrolet S-10 a berth in the 35th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals program after the first day of qualifying. He currently stands as the 11th quickest among 32-entries vying for 16 available spots.
"We started with a new batch of VP fuel and we really had no idea which way to go with the tune-up," explained Haas, who ranked tenth in the points standings going into the event. "Bill Jenkins gave us a tune-up and we basically tried to find what the truck wanted. This is something that we had to just go out and run the truck to find out. In looking at the computer, we were a little off on the first run in the clutch department."
The veteran chassis builder opened qualifying for the final event on the 14-race series at the famed Pomona Raceway with a 7.665/176.65, which was good enough for the tenth position after the first of four qualifying runs. He had an interesting scenario in his first attempt as his qualifying foe Don Smith had a tire go flat and sat at the 330-mark as Haas made a single run, veering slightly left, out of the groove and back into it for his aforementioned successful run.
On his second run, the car was slow to start, but did very well on the second half of the qualifying attempt.
"It moved around in first and second gear," Haas explained. "We ranked 20th out of all of the competition in 60-foot times. By the third gear, it straightened up and made a serious charge." He improved on his previous status by bulleting down the legendary racing surface to a 7.632/177.79 lap. That run catapulted him into the seventh spot in the program. However, tremendous runs by other competitors relegated him to the 11th spot.
Haas and the balance of the Pro Stock truck field will have two qualifying runs at the 35th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals on Friday, with sessions slated for 1:45 PM and 4:30 PM. The quickest sixteen qualifiers will compete in eliminations slated to begin Saturday at 11:00 AM.