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    here is a article about the john. he will be missed. Drag Racing Boat Crashes At More Than 200 MPH
    Posted: Aug 07, 2010 8:07 PM EDT
    Updated: Aug 07, 2010 8:33 PM EDT

    This boat, driven by Mich. native John Haas, crashed in the middle of a 200 MPH run.
    Crews worked to clean up the race course after the accident.
    No one in the large crowd of spectators was injured.The driver of a top-fuel drag boat is rushed to the hospital after a dramatic mid-race crash.

    NewsChannel 8 crews were on the scene when the boat flipped over at more than 210 miles per hour.



    Officials say driver John Haas was in the middle of a qualifying run when the boat began to skip across waves on the water's surface. The boat's left side hit the water, sending the fragile craft into several pieces.

    Haas, a Michigan native, was driving a boat he co-owned. Paramedics rushed him to a nearby hospital, and his condition is not known at this time.

    According to an article in the San Angelo Standard-Times, Haas was involved in an accident at a race in that city June 27th. He and another driver were involved in the incident, but Haas was not injured.

    Thankfully, no one in the crowd was injured by flying debris. Race officials continued qualifying heats Saturday night, and will go on with their Sunday schedule as planned. He'd been racing boats for 32 years. In 2009, he broke "all records with the fastest times in a 1/4 mile (4.535 seconds) as well as in the 1/8 mile (2.626 seconds at 227 mph)," according to his page in the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame , and his “Speed Sport Special” team claimed another Top Fuel Hydro World Championship.

    Haas leaves behind a wife and two children and one grandchild ABOUT US | MUSEUM | NEWS | INDUCTEES | PHOTOS | NOMINATIONS | APPAREL | MOBILE UNIT | LINKS

    John Haas
    Inducted into the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.
    John Haas was born in Allegan on October 27, 1954 and has lived there all of his life. He has raced motorcycles, cars, snowmobiles, and boats since the age of 13. He married his high school sweetheart Deanna in 1976.

    In 1978 John bought his first drag boat. It was a 18 foot 1967 Hondo flat bottom. He put a 454 big block Chevy motor in it. Two years later he bought his second flat bottom boat from Art Bennett, it to was a 18 footer, but it was much faster with speeds upwards of 110 mph.

    John got a chance to run a Hydro boat when Tom Earhart and he were at Hardy Dam. That boat went 135 mph. He also got to see his first ADBA (American Drag Boat Association) event and after watching the Top Fuel Hydros reach 220 mph, John told one of his friends, “I’m going to drive one someday.”

    John bought his first Hydro in 1984 from Art Bennett. It was a 1979 Hondo. It was capable of 150 mph. He modified the boat in 1988 and called it the “Executioner” and joined the MBBA (Midwest Bracket Boat Association) an put a 540 blown Chevy in it, running on Alcohol. In June of 1989 he entered his first sanctioned drag boat race in Oregon, Illinois and he ended up winning his class with a top speed of 174.95 mph. At the end of the season John was ready for a faster, and lighter boat. The one he had weighed 800 pounds. He drove to California to pick up a 1988 Kurtis Kraft 501 Hydro which tipped the scales at about 400 pounds.

    The following year John was instrumental in getting a MBBA sanctioned race on the Grand River in Grand Rapids, Michigan. John won his class in his new boat. He ended up as the MBBA Top Alcohol Hydro Champion. The MBBA disbanded at the end of the season, and a new organization was formed called the MDBA (Michigan Drag Boat Association) in 1992.

    They returned to the Grand River for the “Grand Thunder”. John, being the Vice-President of the new group decided not to run his boat and concentrate on officiating the event. A few weeks later he ran his first ADBA (American Drag Boat Association) event finishing second in his class. He sold that boat at the end of the year and went to California again to buy a newer Kurtis Kraft. This one had a capsuled seat, meaning he was completely enclosed as a safety precaution. The following year he did run the Grand River event and won his class.

    He ran most of the 1993 ADBA races and with consistent finishes ended up runner-up in the Top Alcohol Hydro Championship that year. He continued to run with the ADBA for the next two years. In 1996 the NDBA (National Drag Boat Association) was formed. A combined effort with the new NBDA, the ADBA and some regional groups. He ended up being runner-up in points again in 1996. He pretty much sat out the 1997 season. The next year he was back and was leading the points with two races left, but a terrible spill at the Grand River event sent him to the hospital and he ended up missing the last race and was runner-up once again in the ADBA. He had flipped the boat about 180 mph and was knocked out. His injuries included a broken neck, and compression fractures between C-5 and C-6.

    The following year (1999) he bought a newer 1994 Kurtis Kraft in California. But his real break was when Roger Way out of North Carolina asked John if he’d like to run his Top Fuel drag boat, but John had to be licenced first. Their first try was disastrous as they never got a chance to make a full run. The next weekend he got his second chance at an event in North Carolina. This time he passed with flying colors and then to top off an unbelievable weekend he ended defeating a nine boat field to win in his first IHBA Top Fuel Hydro race as he blazed to a 233.02 mph run. He also won two more races in his Alcohol boat that year. He then sold his “Executioner” and continued drive a Top Fuel boat for Roger Way. The engine in Roger’s boat produced 7,000 horsepower. He ended up winning twice that season and won the NDBA High Point Championship. The following year was tough on John as first his sister Linda suddenly died and then a few months later his father died. John and Deanna drove home from a race in Georgia, but after the funeral, John flew back to North Carolina for the next race and ended up winning the event and dedicating the win to his father Eugene. John continued to run a Top Fuel Hydro for Roger Way through the 2003 season.

    In 2004 John got the nod from Lou Osman to drive his “Speed Sport Special” Hydro, but things started out slow.

    In 2005 his career took a turn for the best as he won three straight and he had his first four second pass at a IHBA Nationals. That year he turned a 4.762 second ET. He also had a set a top speed of 252.24 mph. The same year he was named the National Series “Driver of the Year” as well as winning the Top Fuel Hydro World Championship.

    Then in 2006 he won the $50,000 Nitro Nationals Bounty winner. He also topped the charts with a 4.705 ET and he also set a top speed of 255.78 mph. He was leading the points when a bad crash in Augusta, GA destroyed his boat. John was OK, but they were out for the rest of the year.

    The following year a new “Speed Sport Special” was ready saw much the same as he repeated as Top Fuel Nitro World Champion as well as being the overall point champion and the “Pro Driver of the Year”.
    In 2008 he won finally won the prestigious World Finals at Firebird Raceway as well as his third Top Fuel Nitro World Championship.

    Last year saw John surpass all records with the fastest times in a 1/4 mile (4.535 seconds) as well as in the 1/8 mile (2.626 seconds at 227 mph). The “Speed Sport Special” team went on to claim yet another Top Fuel Hydro World Championship.

    John, and his wife Deanna have two children. Joey and John, Jr. John, Jr. is married to Jenny, and they have given John, Sr. and Deanna their first grandchild. Her name is Kaylee.
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    RIP john... you will be missed by many...

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    Our prayers go out to the Haas family...RIP John
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    unfortunately i never had the chance to meet him but i have herd nothing but good things about him, prayers go out to his family...god speed sir..

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    This is terrible news. John was a real racer and such a gentleman as well. He will be greatly missed.
    God speed John

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    Terrible news, just met John and his son @ gun lake, a true sportsman, and gentleman in the sport. God Speed
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    Sorry to hear about that.

    Called John a number of times for advice when I was first setting up my V-drive tunnel. Had him to look it over when it was done too to see if there were any problems, or if he had any suggestions. He was always very helpful.

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    I looked up to John ... My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. He is a true champion and one of the coolest people I ever met. Godspeed RIP.

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    I got to know John through the Amatos, He always took the time to talk to everyone. My youngest daughter and I always watch the racing on tv, so this year at Gun lake when she got to meet him she was pretty excited about him signing her shirt. then he took a few pics with my wife in front of our boat. I know he`s up there right now smashing the loud pedal. R.I.P. JOHN
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    Sorry to hear about this really sorry

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    Nice Guy, true champion, big celebrity, good family guy, never forgot who he was or where he came from, took time to hang and talk to the average 'Joe's'......................... He will be missed .............
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    more stories of john. Boat racer 'died doing what he loved'
    John Haas died in Oklahoma on Saturday
    Updated: Sunday, 08 Aug 2010, 6:41 PM EDT
    Published : Sunday, 08 Aug 2010, 6:33 PM EDT

    By Leon Hendrix
    ALLEGAN, Mich. (WOOD) - John Haas was known to many as a drag-boat racer whose name often decorated the top spot of the leaderboard.

    But in addition to being a daring racer, 55-year-old Haas was a devout family man; a loving husband, and father to two sons, John Haas Jr. and Joe Haas. The Allegan resident was killed Saturday when his boat crashed during a Southern Drag Boat Association race on the Grand River in Mayes County, Oklahoma.

    John Haas was on his second qualifying pass when his boat "made a couple of funny moves and crashed," around 2 p.m., said Fred Welshens, the St. Louis Drag Boat Association president.

    The crash happened fast -- at 217 miles per hour.

    "Dad couldn't go fast enough," John Haas Jr. said Sunday. "He always wanted more out of it.

    "(But) if we had to lose him, I'm glad that he didn't suffer. He always said that he'd rather go doing that, than to die of cancer or something like that -- sitting in a bed."

    John Haas was set to be inducted into the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame in November.

    He was one of the best, his sons said. Haas won championships and devoted an entire room of his Allegan home to the plaques and trophies.

    "The man was my hero," Joe Haas said. "If I can be half the man he was, I will be very happy."

    Their father knew the dangers of his sport and he was well aware of what he was getting himself into, Haas' sons said.

    "My dad knew the risks of drag boat racing more than anyone," John Haas Jr. said. "(He) did it for a lot of years and he loved it that much, that he was willing to take the risk."

    Southern Drag Boat Association inspectors released Haas' vessel back to the group Saturday night after examining it, said Welshens, adding they found nothing wrong with the boat, but they didn't know what caused the crash.

    Welshens also called Haas a friend and echoed his sons' sentiments, saying he died doing what he loved.

    Added Joe Haas: "I'm thinking Dad had a big smile on his face. He wouldn't have wanted to (go) any other way."

    The Haas men know he's racing somewhere, they said.

    "Rest in peace, dad," John Haas Jr. said. "You'll be sorely missed."

    Said Joe Haas: "Dad, if you can hear me up in that sky, I sure do love you. And I want him to know that, and hopefully, one day I'll see my dad again."

    John Haas' wife was there when the crash happened. Her sons said she went to see all of her husband's races. Updated: Aug 08, 2010 8:22 PM EDT

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    SDBA reports John Haas was driving at about 217 miles per hour when the fatality accident occurred.NewsOn6.com

    MAYES COUNTY, OK -- A Michigan drag boat racer was killed during the Southern Drag Boat Association races held August 7-8, according to the SDBA series director.

    SDBA reports John Haas was killed at about 4 p.m. Saturday near Chouteau on the Grand River.

    Series Director Ken Dollar confirmed that Haas was driving at about 217 miles per hour when the fatality accident occurred.

    A viewer of The News On 6 sent video of the accident.

    "It's a difficult time right now," Dollar said.

    No one else was injured in the wreck.
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    A VERY SAD DAY INDEED. Godspeed and my prayers go out to his family. Getting to see John make a pass in his boat at Gun lake was one of the coolest things I have ever seen.
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    We're sorry to hear about this unfortunate accident involving John Haas. Scott and I had the pleasure of meeting John at Brower park a couple of years ago and like everyone has said, he was quite a personable fellow. I'm sure he will be greatly missed by many. Chet and Scott.
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