Pomona Jerry Haas Report

Jerry Haas Sees Red In Final Event Of 1999 NHRA Season POMONA, CA.- In drag racing, it's been said before that if a driver red-lights, it means that he's trying. That adage was of little consolation to NHRA Pro Stock Truck racer Jerry Haas as...

Jerry Haas Sees Red In Final Event Of 1999 NHRA Season

POMONA, CA.- In drag racing, it's been said before that if a driver red-lights, it means that he's trying. That adage was of little consolation to NHRA Pro Stock Truck racer Jerry Haas as the multi-time Car Craft All-Star award recipient from Fenton, Mo., wasted his final opportunity to score a national event win during the 1999 season. The Texas Harley-Davidson sponsored, Chevrolet S-10 of Haas went red in the first round of the 35th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals at Pomona Raceway in Pomona, Ca.

Haas enjoyed one of his finest qualifying efforts of the season by settling into the fifth spot with a 7.574/178.26. He was favored in terms of qualifying performance over his first round opponent Todd Patterson. However, Haas never underestimated Patterson, who qualified 12th.

In the crucial first round encounter, Haas took into consideration the driving prowess of the former Competition eliminator standout Patterson. Haas rolled the dice and gambled, but found himself betting away the farm when he went .397 red. His frustration was further compounded when he discovered that he wasted his quickest lap of the event with a 7.558/178.71. Patterson advanced to the quarter-finals with a 7.639/175.82.

"I hated it because we felt that we had a good chance of winning," explained Haas. "I won't make any excuses. I guess I just wanted it too bad."

Despite his first round loss, Haas completed his 1999 season with a top ten finish in the NHRA/Winston points standings.

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Drivers Todd Patterson , Jerry Haas