By Anthony Caruso III | The Capital Sports Report
Posted: 05/17/15, 12:10 PM EDT
Jenna Haddock is vying for the Auto Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award this season. While you have to do a partial schedule to do that, she’s only competed in a few races so far.
One has to race in at least 10 races to qualify for the ‘Rookie of the Year’ Award. She has made the show twice and missed out on a third opportunity.
Her next race is expected to be the Toyota NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, June 5-7. When she races at Englishtown, it will be a homecoming for her husband, Terry, who was born in Hackettstown, N.J., which is about an hour and a half from the track.
“She makes us go back there,” Terry stated. “She looks forward to go back there. To me, it doesn’t really matter that much. That’s where I was born, but I’ve moved on with my wife and kids. We’ll be back there, though.”
Haddock has two sons, Braiden and McKailen. And when she returns to the cockpit of her Top Fuel dragster, she’ll look to escape running against U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster pilot Tony Schumacher.
So far this season, “The Sarge” has had Haddock’s number. In Phoenix at the second race of the year, he went 3.725 to her 4.041. Then, in April at Royal Purple Raceway in Houston, he had a 3.726 to a 3.966 from the 31-year-old Haddock.
“It seems like we can’t get past Tony,” she joked. “This season, he beat me twice in eliminations. Hopefully, next time I get to face him, I can beat him like I did before.”
She defeated the seven-time champion at the Mopar NHRA Mile-High Nationals in Denver last year. This was her first career round win.
In addition, this was her first career start and she ran a best elapsed time of her young career at 4.166.
“He was good about it,” she said. “He came over to congratulate me, then gave me advice afterwards. Tony is the best, because not many drivers would do that. We have ended up on the same flights home since he moved to Texas and we would talk about that race and things that I need to do to get better.”
Her new best elapsed time is 3.966, which happened in Houston. She also has a 1-4 career round win-loss record, but nearly all of those losses have come to Schumacher.
If she can match up with some one other than Schumacher, she’ll have a shot at getting more wins.