Jerry Haas Race Cars (JHRC) have claimed victories in all but two of the events in Extreme Pro Stock in 2012, giving the famed chassis builder five wins and making him very happy in the process.
â€œItâ€™s been very exciting and itâ€™s always thrilling to have that kind of success,â€ Haas said. â€œWe have a good product and I think it speaks for itself.
â€œThe points leader (Cary Goforth) is one of our cars and the car weâ€™re hauling in my trailer (Richie Stevens Jr.) is No. 2 in points. Itâ€™s our deal to lose, and Richie and Cary are right there fighting for the championship.â€
In fact, five of the top six drivers in the Extreme Pro Stock standings are driving cars built by JHRC.
But the longtime chassis builder has had plenty of success in more than just the competitive XPS class.
Billy Glidden has set career-bests (3.85) and won the Northeast Drags in May at Maple Grove Raceway, while a true sign of JHRCâ€™s success was evident in June at the U.S. Drags at Virginia Motorsports Park.
Stevens won his first ADRL event, beating Dean Goforth and his JHRC GXP in the finals,but Haas also had winning cars in Pro Modified (Fredy Scriba) and in the Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman â€œClash Of The Titansâ€ (Terry Teets).
In fact, the car Teets drove to victory in the 32-car field was a car once driven by Haas.
But the bread and butter remains in XPS for Haas, who is has long been acknowledged as one of the best chassis builders in the sport and is a 12-time Car Craft Magazine All-Star chassis builder.
â€œI think the class is just great. John DeFlorian (who won the Summer Drags in Martin) is my shop foreman and he just pours his heart into it,â€ Haas said. â€œRichie is doing a good job and the Goforths are like family. I think the world of them.
â€œIn the 1/8-mile, the guy that doesnâ€™t have the performance edge still has a chance. You canâ€™t give up anything on the tree.â€
Haas remains impressed with the 2012 Camaro â€“ driven by DeFlorian among others â€“ calling it the â€œbest thing out there right now,â€ but his crop of new Mustangs are also just as impressive.
Doug Kirk debuted a new Mustang early in the 2012 season, while XPS standouts Brian Gahm and Scott Hintz should have their new Mustangs before the 2012 ADRL season concludes.
â€œItâ€™s just a combination of everything that makes it a good car,â€ Haas said. â€œThe body is really nice and they really look like Mustangs. Our new chassis design has helped the car quite a bit as well.â€
For more information about Jerry Haas Race Cars, visit www.jerryhaas.com or call (636) 343-8895.
The Memphis Drags III at Memphis International Raceway is the eighth stop on the 10-race 2012 ADRL Tour and takes place on Sept. 7-8. For ticket information, visit www.adrl.us/tickets.
(Photos by ADRL/Richards)