Baytown: Tom Hammonds Friday notes

Two Qualifying Session Down Team Hammonds Behind Three Slots - Honorary Crew Member Proves to be a Crew Chief in the Making - (HOUSTON, Mar. 28, 2008) -- Team Hammonds is three slots from being apart of the 12 driver qualifying field after...

Two Qualifying Session Down
Team Hammonds Behind Three Slots

- Honorary Crew Member Proves to be a Crew Chief in the Making -

(HOUSTON, Mar. 28, 2008) -- Team Hammonds is three slots from being apart of the 12 driver qualifying field after one day of competition at the O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals in Houston.

Sitting in the 15th spot, both runs were substantial, but just not enough. Driver/Owner Tom Hammonds recorded 6.755 seconds (205.91 mph) for the first run and 6.698 seconds (206.51 mph) for the second run.

"Our second run was much better than our first run," says an assured Hammonds, "and our wheel speed numbers were a little lower than when we tested on Tuesday. We know we have a lot left in our Chevy Cobalt to qualify for the field and are confident we can do that."

Crew Chief Jerry Eckman will prepare to make the field during tomorrow's competition by adjusting their set-ups and making sure enough clutch is present to compensate for faster wheel speed. Being a good indicator on how good they can run, they are certain to find that happy medium to make the qualifying field on Saturday.

"We tested earlier in the week, and this track proves to be better than our test track," says Eckman. "With a few adjustments, we will make the field tomorrow."

Team Hammonds also hosted their Tom Hammonds Race for Achievement honorary crew member, eighth grader Dominick Savage. Savage is the number one qualifier of the 50 students who kicked-off Hammonds' signature student achievement program. Savage, a top achiever in the areas of math and science at The Imani School, assisted Eckman and the team in preparing for the second run.

-credit: thr

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