Pomona: Haas Race Cars Thursday notes

Pomona, Calif. - - Matt Rhoades, from Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and Charlie Greco, from St. Davids, Penn., the two newest drivers for teamowner and renowned chassis builder Jerry Haas, from Fenton, Mo., put their identically prepared Chevy S-10s ...

Pomona, Calif. - - Matt Rhoades, from Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and Charlie Greco, from St. Davids, Penn., the two newest drivers for teamowner and renowned chassis builder Jerry Haas, from Fenton, Mo., put their identically prepared Chevy S-10s through first round qualifying for the season-opening AutoZone Winternationals on Thursday. Haas was satisfied with the results of the initial outing for his drivers.

"We weren't 100 percent, but for the first outing for both the Jerry Haas Race Cars Chevy S-10s, we're satisfied. We established a good baseline for both trucks and I feel we will show greater improvement tomorrow. Matt (Rhoades) did well for his rookie induction into competition and we know the power is there for Charlie (Greco)," said Haas.

Rookie Matt Rhoades, who moved from the Super Gas ranks to Pro Stock Truck this season, is qualified in the 15th position as the results of a surprising initial run of 7.552 seconds at 178.83 mph. "With each pass down the track, I'm getting more comfortable. The run felt decent but there is always room to improve. I will go out there on Friday and try to improve the driving side. I know (co-crew chiefs) Jimmy Gunther and Bob Shawcross will provide me with a truck capable of moving higher in the field, " said Rhoades, immediately after the first run in competition of his professional career.

Said teammate Charlie Greco, of his pass which positioned him in the 21st qualifying spot, "You're never happy with a pass of 7.591 seconds when you know you left a lot more on the table. I had some problems shifting from first to second and the results pulled the motor way down. That cut our ET (elapsed time) way down. The bright side though is that we still ran 179.44 mph showing the power this Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins engine is producing. I'm looking forward to the Friday session."

The second of four scheduled qualifying sessions for both Haas trucks is set for Friday at 2:00 p.m. (PST).

-Mickey Schultz

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Series NHRA
Drivers Matt Rhoades , Jerry Haas