By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Top Fuel Dragster pilot Cameron Ferré had an explosion during the first qualifying session on Friday at the NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina. He said the dragster, which is rented to him by Terry Haddock, blew two rods.
The explosion caused the small budget team to regroup. Haddock, who owns Terry Haddock Racing, barely makes enough money to cover his expenses to travel from race-to-race across the country.
“It was on our usual .97-ish run then just let go,” Ferré said. “Unfortunately, it threw two rods. By the look of the computer, it spun a bearing or an oil galley got plugged because the oil psi jumped super high, which usually will be a bearing failure.”
Despite damaged parts, Ferré qualified 13th on Friday. The Huntington Beach, California native went 5.014 at 147.79 mph in the dragster.
Traditionally, the Haddock Racing teams split the qualifying sessions. The team will attempt to qualify the Top Fuel Dragster during the first and third qualifying sessions.
Then, during the second and fourth qualifying sessions, Haddock will attempt to qualify in the team’s Funny Car.