Madison, Ill - - Jerry Haas, from nearby Fenton, Mo., didn't begin the Sears Craftsman Nationals at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill., just across the river from St. Louis, the way he wanted. An engine skip prevented Haas from making...
Madison, Ill - - Jerry Haas, from nearby Fenton, Mo., didn't begin the Sears Craftsman Nationals at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill., just across the river from St. Louis, the way he wanted. An engine skip prevented Haas from making a full pass and he coasted to a run of 11.049 seconds at 80.68 mph in Friday's opening session.
Between the two sessions, Haas and co-crew chiefs Jimmy Gunther and Bob Shawcross spent the majority of time chasing the problem that developed on the first pass. The effort paid off with a run - - 7.576 seconds at 177.58 mph - - that will enable the team to work from a baseline when qualifying begins on Saturday.
Haas ended the first day of qualifying in the 20th position.
On Saturday, Haas turned a time of 7.572 seconds at 177.77 mph. While consistent with his second run last evening, it was not quick enough to break into the top 16 for tomorrow's eliminations. Unfortunately, in the final session Haas received no time and as a result finished qualifying in the 21st position.
"There is always one event out of all the events on the schedule that as a driver you want to do well. For me that race is the Sears Craftsman Nationals at Gateway International Raceway in the St. Louis area. I live and have my race car shop and chassis shop in Fenton, Mo. You always want to do well in front of the hometown fans," said Haas. "Unfortunately, we didn't achieve that goal. To say that is disappointing is an understatement."
"We are expecting a brand new (Bill "Grumpy") Jenkins' engine any day now. That engine should have the power to make the qualified field in the remaining five races left. We can't wait to receive possession and begin testing. Things are looking positive for the rest of the year for Team Haas," concluded Haas.
The next race for the Haas-owned, Haas-prepared Chevy S-10 is the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals over Labor Day weekend at Indianapolis Raceway Park.