Atlanta: Tom Hammonds Friday qualifying summary

Hammonds has handful on Friday in Atlanta. It was a case of good news and bad news for Tom Hammonds and his Winnebago Pro Stock Cavalier during the first day of qualifying for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals presented by ...

Hammonds has handful on Friday in Atlanta.

It was a case of good news and bad news for Tom Hammonds and his Winnebago Pro Stock Cavalier during the first day of qualifying for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals presented by Pontiac. Persistent rain showers curtailed the on-track activities to a single evening run, forcing the Hammonds crew to tune for a fast session with no previous information.

Running in the right lane, Hammonds blasted off the starting line, recording one of the quickest 60-foot times in Pro Stock. However, he soon found himself fighting to keep his race car headed in a straight line, electing to shut off before half-track. Even though this meant he would need to wait until Saturday to gain a spot in Sunday's final eliminations, Hammonds still found reason to be encouraged by his car's performance.

"It had been raining pretty much all day, and the car was certainly a handful. After trying to bring it back a couple times, I decided to click it off early and save the car for another day. The track was tricky, and we weren't the only ones to abort a run during that session.

"The good part about tonight is that we gained some information on a track that we had never raced on, and I'm excited by the fact that we ran so well down low. I'm very confident that if we had made a full run, the Winnebago Cavalier would have been in the top two or three.

"I really have to commend Jimmy Oliver, Tom Roberts and Boone Roberts at KRJ, as well as my crew for going through the whole Winnebago Cavalier, and getting everything straightened out. Tomorrow, we'll just need to come back, tune from tonight and be ready to go."

-thr-

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