Houston and a Top Fuel LicenseSaturday, May 10, 2014
Posted by: Jenna Haddock
Well hello! Hope everyone is having as great of a month as I have been having. We have been really busy in the shop and things are really starting to look up for us. We are still working on finalizing our sponsor, and that is why it has not been announced just yet. We are hoping in the coming weeks everything will finally be done and when it is it’s going to be big! (Or at least its how we feel)
For the weeks leading up to Houston, we all worked our tails off, and it feels like we have been running at full speed. No down time… We added a new member to our team: Scott French. He is helping with the consistency in our clutch program. It seems like we have a very good engine program, and our clutch has been where we have been lacking. He has a lot of experience and is very meticulous, which is something we need. We feel like we are moving forward in every direction and are really looking forward to the future.
Let’s talk about Houston… We worked right up until it was time to leave. Luckily this race is close to us, and we left a little later than we would have liked, but it’s so close it didn’t matter. Friday Q1 we thought we were ready, and the car shook. It shook hard! Then on Q2 it went down there… not fast but it went. I believe we went 4.47… When we got back to the pit, we knew something was wrong, and unfortunately, it had a parts failure and hurt our new block. We weren’t in the top 12, but we knew we were heading in the right direction. Q3 it went out and ran 4.38 It wasn’t the fastest, but it put us in the #14 spot. Then on Q4, it decided to carry the front, which made it very hard to drive. It got out of the groove and was all over the place. However, our 4.38 kept us in the show. We even got an interview with Jamie at the top end. Super excited and proud of our guys. Going into eliminations we knew we needed to stand on it. We had Beckman first round. After we stripped the blower before round one, we thought it was going to be our day to win a round. The car was on a run and doing great and then the blower snout broke. Unfortunately because we are not highly funded the harder we run the car the more it shows which pieces are the weakest links. It wasn’t our day, but we were happy with our performance at home. 
We can’t thank the people enough that keep us going. We are really looking forward to the future with the new sponsor, but the people who have been with us when it’s good and when its bad are what keep us going. There were some concerns from our sponsors that when Terry announces this deal that they would lose their spot, and that will never happen. Not only will they stay on the car, but they will also be added to my car at its first race.
Speaking of first races… I am so excited to finally say that I am a licensed Top Fuel driver. It has been a long time coming. I was ecstatic when Brad Littlefield called and wanted to speak to me. Terry stood next to me to make sure I said everything I was supposed to. For those who don’t know, Monday after the race we stayed and made three runs to complete my license. It was amazing. I have the greatest group of guys working on my car. They really want to do well and keep me safe. It is looking more and more every day that my first event will be the Denver race. I also plan on running Seattle. If all goes well we will run Pomona at the end, but that one is still up in the air. Many people have asked if Terry is going to lose his driving job, and I ensure you that he will not. He is why we do this, and even if it never becomes full time for me, I want him to have the chance at doing it the right way. He has waited a very long time I feel like he has paid his dues, and it’s important that he gets to do this. For many people they have the passion for racing but not always the determination to keep going. I am always proud of him for fighting for the things he loves most. Between racing and making the time to see Kailen I couldn’t ask for a more determined person.
As the years go on they seem to be going faster and faster. Kailen is getting ready for a concert at school. They are singing songs from The Sound of Music. One of the days he was playing the triangle, but I am not sure he gets to play it at the concert. Terry can’t wait to see him. Along with his concert he has told us he is training for a 5K, which I think is awesome for him. He says it’s not his favorite activity, but he gets to do it with his mom, which makes her happy. As far as running is concerned, Kailen and I have been working out my costume for the Avengers half marathon that I am doing in November, and I think we have agreed to green, black and silver with a tutu and a cape. I am sure there will be many interesting costumes, and I can only be glad that both of our boys are trying to add input on what they think it should be. Braiden has been so busy with t-ball. He is on the Yankees, and the coach says he is a star player. I think at 5 if they learn the basics we are doing well. We are now getting ready for his pre-kindergarten graduation. It is so cute, they have caps and gowns and will be in an auditorium. It’s a big deal around here. Braiden is also getting ready to welcome his new sister. She will be here in June. His dad and step mom are super excited, and they are trying to keep B involved, which I think is great. He is very protective over her already and she is not even here yet. 
We also welcomed a new member to our family. My brother and sister-in-law have a happy and healthy baby girl. It is all very exciting. We couldn’t be happier for them and everyone else we know that is having a baby. Just the other morning the announcement came that Eric (Hopsing) and Kelly Lane have welcomed a baby girl into their family. This is important to us seeing that our full-time guy is Kelly’s brother and we are really good friends with them. A lot of babies coming into this world….
Our next race will be Englishtown. As most of you know that is Terry’s home track and where he grew up. We are looking forward to going there and doing well. Terry and I always laugh because I love when we go back there. His voice changes and all his hometown people come by and say hello. I am not sure if we are going to NYC or to the shore, but I think the shore may be the option for this year. We always stay a day to hang out. 
This weekend is Mother’s Day. I wish we would have both boys, but Kailen will be with his mom. He did tell Terry that he is working on a gift for me, which means a lot. Terry said I will love it. I got one from Braiden this afternoon. It’s his favorite color (green)… My mom and I are going to the ballet, which is something we always do as a mother-daughter outing. This year we are adding my sister-in-law and her mother. Then I believe Terry has something up his sleeve, but he won’t tell me. That is the worst… So Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there and I hope you have a great day!