When the track is at its worst, that’s when Terry Haddock is at his best.
Haddock enters Sunday’s Funny Car eliminations at the NHRA Virginia Nationals at the No. 15 qualifier with a 4.170, 296.96 best.
“When it’s hot like this, this is when we do our best,” Haddock explained. “Greasy, slippery race tracks. Johnny West and I, we just want it to go down there and pick up where we left off in Charlotte. Atlanta last week we didn’t run worth a crap, and we didn’t know why. Now we can pick up where we left off and maybe try to do a little bit better tomorrow. But when it’s this hot, it helps us because they’ve got to slow down. It’s easier for us to do what we know, and it’s harder for them to back up. So it’s all good.”
Haddock is racing this weekend in honor of Back the Blue, an organization which commemorates and honor the police officers & K9s who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.
Haddock’s two-car team prominently displays the “Back the Blue” decal, which lists all the 168 fallen officers & K9s, on his Checklist Boards Mustang Funny Car. The Team’s dragster, piloted by Cameron Ferre, also displays “Back the Blue.” Additionally, all members of the Terry Haddock Racing crew are wearing shirts with the same graphic in observance of these brave men and women.
Haddock’s support has personal ties.
“I’d like to take a second to say thank you to all the Back the Blue people who are out here representing this weekend,” Haddock said. “Thank you to all the officers that have passed away in the line of duty to keep us all safe. Not many people know, but when I was a kid, an officer kind of got me on the right track. I used to be the bad kid I guess you could say, but they kind of pointed me the right way, so we do what we can to try and give back.”
— Competition Plus (@competitionplus) January 4, 2019