Atlanta: Tom Hammonds Saturday summary

Hammonds' homecoming weekend in Atlanta is cut short. For the second consecutive day, persistent rain showers changed the schedule for qualifying at the Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals presented by Pontiac, delaying all on-track...

Hammonds' homecoming weekend in Atlanta is cut short.

For the second consecutive day, persistent rain showers changed the schedule for qualifying at the Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals presented by Pontiac, delaying all on-track action for several hours. However, once racing resumed, Tom Hammonds and his crew encountered similar problems to what they had experienced on Friday.

Although their Winnebago Cavalier left the starting line in strong fashion, Hammonds soon found himself fighting to keep his race car under control, forcing him to shut off prematurely on each run. As a result, with a best elapsed time of 7.863 seconds at the conclusion of qualifying, Hammonds found himself outside the top sixteen required to make Sunday's final eliminations, clearly not the result the former Georgia Tech basketball star was hoping for. . "This was a very disappointing weekend for the entire team. This was where I played college basketball, and we had a lot of family and friends who came out to support us. Somehow, we were never able to figure out the combination to get us down the racetrack. The racing surface was tricky, but it was the same for everybody. Our Winnebago Cavalier did the same thing on every run, making a hard right, which is something it had never done before.

"It's clear that we need to test. Although I enjoy it, we normally don't really do much testing unless there's a problem. Right now, we need to regain our confidence in time for Englishtown, and the only way to do that is to make some good clean runs. This is a definite setback, but we're not about to quit. We've overcome adversity before, and we will again - it's just going to take some hard work over the next few weeks."

-thr-

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NHRA
Drivers Tom Hammonds