Chuck Haase Brings His Chassis Innovations to Top Dragster Under Construction for Hemi Legend Joe Teuton

The rear end structure on the Top Dragster car Haase is building for Teuton features a Top Fuel type rear wing stand configuration and attachment system.

The rear end structure on the Top Dragster car Haase is building for Teuton features a Top Fuel type rear wing stand configuration and attachment system.

Joe Teuton is a member of the NHRA drag racing hall of fame, but that doesn’t mean he’s resting on his laurels and enjoying any kind of retirement.

Instead, he’s still innovating as a drag racer. Teuton is having a Top Dragster chassis built by famed chassis builder Chuck Haase, and we’ve been told that Haase is including some of his Top Fuel tricks to make this new chassis a real contender. When complete, the car will be campaigned by his son, Joe Teuton Jr.

Chuck Haase was the originator of the tubular front wing mount now used on most TF/D and as well as the variable weight system that uses screw-in end caps of different weights and materials are used to fine tune the weight over the nose. This chassis features a scaled-down version of the system on the 275-inch dragster.

To improve weight distribution, the steering rack is moved in front of the spindles so that the fuel tank can be moved farther forward.

This new Top Dragster being built for Joe Teuton Jr. has many features found on Top Fuel Dragster chassis. Chuck Haase was the originator of the tubular front wing mount now used on most TF/D and variable weight system (screw-in end caps of different weights and materials are used to fine tune weight at optimum location). This chassis features a scaled-down version of the system on the 275″ dragster.

We are looking forward to sharing some completed photos of the car, but until then we do have these detail shots of the nose as well as the bracketing that connects the wing to the rear end.

To maximize weight and balance factors, the steering box is located on the front side of the A-arms, which also allows more forward location of the fabricated fuel tank.  Every tank is hand fabricated from sheet stock by Haase.

To maximize weight and balance factors, the steering box is located on the front side of the A-arms, which also allows more forward location of the fabricated fuel tank. Every tank is hand fabricated from sheet stock by Haase.

Discussion of innovative construction features in new Top Dragster being built for Hemi legend Joe Teuton, by chassis builder Chuck Haase over lunch. From left, Chuck Haase, Bob "Johnny Reb" Fulton, and Joe Teuton Sr.

Discussion of innovative construction features in new Top Dragster being built for Hemi legend Joe Teuton, by chassis builder Chuck Haase over lunch. From left, Chuck Haase, Bob “Johnny Reb” Fulton, and Joe Teuton Sr.

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