Houston Mike Mahon / Jerry Hass Friday Report

BAYTOWN, TX. - Mike Mahon admitted that he's his own worst critic. The 21-year old, college student from Canada made his debut as driver of the Jerry Haas-owned, Chevrolet S-10 at the O'Reilly Nationals hosted by Houston Raceway Park, located in...

BAYTOWN, TX. - Mike Mahon admitted that he's his own worst critic. The 21-year old, college student from Canada made his debut as driver of the Jerry Haas-owned, Chevrolet S-10 at the O'Reilly Nationals hosted by Houston Raceway Park, located in Baytown and he didn't get the results that he hoped for. The upstart Pro Stock Truck competitor fell short of making the 16-truck field after the first day of qualifying. He currently holds the 27th position.

Mahon, who is in the first of a three-race contract with Haas, has had previous experience in the class while driving a Ford. He is a graduate of the junior dragster program.

He fell short of making the 16-truck field after the first day of qualifying. He currently holds the 27th position.

Mahon, who is in the first of a three-race contract with Haas, has had previous experience in the class while driving a Ford. He is a graduate of the junior dragster program.

"When I first started racing juniors at 14, I felt like I wasn't having fun unless I was winning," explained Mahon, who has promised not be so tough on himself. "I motivate myself, but sometimes things just don't always go as planned and we all have to accept that. I just try to find the good in all things. I messed up and short-shifted on the first run and that cost us. We came back on the second run and improved. I'm excited to be here racing. But, I'll be more happy when I am in the field."

During the first session, Mahon worked through his jitters and made it to the finish line with a 7.757/175.66. Despite the fact that he short-shifted, he piloted the Chevrolet S-10 straight as an arrow.

Mahon returned for the second session and improved with a 7.665/176.03, which moved him up the ladder. However, he stands considerably short of the 7.585 bump spot.

The multi-time award winning chassis builder Haas is confident that Mahon is destined for greatness.

"He's going to do well," explained Haas. "It might take us a run or two to gel and for him to get into a comfortable zone, but we'll get there. I'm glad to have him aboard."

The duo will conclude qualifying tomorrow at the NHRA O'Reilly Nationals in Baytown, TX., with two sessions scheduled. Final eliminations are scheduled for Sunday.

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