Houston: Team Haas: Friday qualifying notes

Baytown, Texas - - Charlie Greco, from St. Davids, Penn., in a Jerry Haas prepared Chevy S-10, rebounded in the second of two qualifying sessions today at the NHRA O'Reilly Nationals presented by Pennzoil he clicked off a run at 7.511 seconds at...

Baytown, Texas - - Charlie Greco, from St. Davids, Penn., in a Jerry Haas prepared Chevy S-10, rebounded in the second of two qualifying sessions today at the NHRA O'Reilly Nationals presented by Pennzoil he clicked off a run at 7.511 seconds at 179.23 mph at Houston Raceway Park finishing in the 13th spot.

"The first run we pecked at it a little bit, just missing the top 16. A lot of bumps in the left lane. Our set up just didn't handle that correctly. We made adjustments for the second session. We've been working on the back end of the truck and the 60-foot time is starting to come around a little bit. Jerry (Haas) is getting happy with that," said Greco.

"That second run was a confidence builder for the team. I knew the run was good. It felt good all the way down. It felt good in fourth and fifth gear, still pulling all the way down the track. We ran a good mile per hour - - 179 and some change and the ET was there.

"That run was a good starting point.  I think this truck is capable of
getting down in the forties (7.40 seconds).  We just have to find out
what it wants.  We'll see tomorrow."

With some big numbers being put up on the board in the second of today's two qualifying sessions for the NHRA O'Reilly Nationals, Matt Rhoades, from Lake Havasu City, Ariz., found himself on the outside of the field looking in, finishing the day in the 22nd position. He guided his Chevy S-10 down the Houston Raceway Park quarter-mile in 7.562 seconds at 178.85 mph.

"Both runs were without major problems. I think there is enough in the truck to climb back into the top 16," said a confident Rhoades. "Jerry Haas, and crew chiefs Jimmy Gunther and Bob Shawcross will put there heads together and come up with a set up capable of qualifying. The rest will be up to me."

Qualifying for the O'Reilly Nationals concludes on Saturday with two more qualifying sessions.

Team owner Jerry Haas, from Fenton, Mo., who is doing double duty this weekend, has the Tom Martino-owned, Century 21 Pontiac Grand Am Pro Stock Car in the 25th spot by virtue of a pass of 6.983 seconds at 197.45 mph at the NHRA O'Reilly Nationals. Haas, an award winning chassis builder, who built both cars that Martino campaigns, is shaking down Martino's backup car.

"This second car is one that we had planned to test extensively between Phoenix and Gainesville...With the competition as tough as it is in Pro Stock, we need to explore every option. This way, we can find out exactly what weapons we have at our disposal... After all, who is better suited to break in a new Haas car than the man himself," said Martino.

-Mickey Schultz

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Series NHRA
Drivers Matt Rhoades , Tom Martino , Jerry Haas