Century 21 Racing Team Las Vegas Qualifying Update

Tom Martino posted improved elapsed times through the first three rounds of qualifying for the SummitRacing.com Nationals. However, when oppressive heat slowed the "factory hot rods" for the final time trial, Martino's run of record became his ...

Tom Martino posted improved elapsed times through the first three rounds of qualifying for the SummitRacing.com Nationals. However, when oppressive heat slowed the "factory hot rods" for the final time trial, Martino's run of record became his 7.099-second elapsed time from Saturday morning, which came with a top speed of 196.10 mph, fastest in that session. This placed the CENTURY 21( Pro Stock Firebird 12th for Sunday's final eliminations at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and set up a first round match-up with fifth qualifier Richie Stevens.

"The CENTURY 21 Firebird made a pretty good run this morning. We knocked the clutch clean out of it, which made us pretty happy, because believe it or not, that's what we were looking to do. Even so, it was the fifth quickest pass with the fastest top speed of the session, which renewed our confidence in our power. Tonight, since we knew the conditions (a relative altitude of 5,000 feet, with an ambient temperature of 94 degrees and a track temperature of 129 degrees) would prevent anyone in the top sixteen from improving, we decided to experiment with an eye on tomorrow.

"Unfortunately, it didn't work. The car shook almost out of control, and I had to pedal it. However, unlike Funny Car, you can't really pedal a Pro Stock Car. But that result doesn't really bother me, because we were trying something different. For tomorrow morning, we'll plug our set-up in from this morning and adjust from there, depending on how the track looks.

"This is a rematch from the last race, when Richie beat me - I guess it's time to return the favor. Either way, we're taking tomorrow one step at a time, hoping to make it a long day."

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