Epping: Terry Haddock Saturday summary

Changing Schedules leave Haddock un-phased and No. 2 in Epping EPPING, N.H. (September 6, 2008) -- The schedules may have changed, but the results were definitely good for Lend America Funny Car driver Terry Haddock as he continued his quest to...

Changing Schedules leave Haddock un-phased and No. 2 in Epping

EPPING, N.H. (September 6, 2008) -- The schedules may have changed, but the results were definitely good for Lend America Funny Car driver Terry Haddock as he continued his quest to win the IHRA nitro Funny Car World Championship by qualifying for the Amalie Oil North American Nationals. The Woodinville, Wash.-resident and current points-leader took the No. 2 spot in qualifying with a Friday night session added to the originally scheduled Saturday-only qualifying, solely because of the eminent arrival of remnants of Hurricane Hanna.

Haddock delivered a 5.042/300.00 blast in the Friday evening session to take the No. 2 spot behind hard charging rookie Matt Hagan. Haddock stayed second with a quicker 5.010/297.48 pass Saturday afternoon before qualifying was cancelled due to the storm.

Remnants of Hurricane Hanna moved into the Epping area shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday, causing IHRA to cancel the remaining sessions.

Hagan and Haddock are 51 points apart in the title chase, with Hagan riding high on his win at the least event in Tulsa, Okla. Haddock, however, is un-phased by the rookie's success.

"We're really pleased with our performances here, and we're focused on running our game, our way," Haddock said. "We can't spend any time thinking about anyone else, because that could bring on mistakes we don't want.

"We were able to use what we learned in Grand Bend last weekend, as well as some of the clutch and fuel management we picked up from the Lend America racing guys," he said. "We set things up very conservatively and are really pleased that we ran so well. I'm confident we'll run great in eliminations."

Haddock is sponsored by Lend America, the national direct-to-consumer mortgage lender led by multiple IHRA and NHRA event champion Mike Ashley. Also backing Haddock in his race to the championship is DJ Safety and Aircat Pneumatic tools.

"These Aircat tools are incredible, and they are so quiet -- definitely top of the line," Haddock added.

Weather forecasts for Sunday indicate cloudy skies early in the day followed by partial clearing and warm 81-degree temperatures. Eliminations are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

-credit: thPR

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Series Drag
Drivers Mike Ashley , Terry Haddock , Matt Hagan