Columbus: Martino keeps pace, slots 11th

Using information gathered during the first day of qualifying for the Pontiac Excitement Nationals, Tom Martino took advantage of the cooler temperatures in the Columbus area on Saturday morning to post his best elapsed time of qualifying at 6.973...

Using information gathered during the first day of qualifying for the Pontiac Excitement Nationals, Tom Martino took advantage of the cooler temperatures in the Columbus area on Saturday morning to post his best elapsed time of qualifying at 6.973 seconds, which came with a top speed of 197.80 mph. This earned the CENTURY 21 Pro Stock Grand Am the 11th starting position in Sunday's final eliminations at National Trail Raceway.

"Although we're happy with the run, we definitely could have qualified better. We made a horrible run this morning and it still went 6.97, which could very easily have been a low '.95. We're just struggling to find exactly what this CENTURY 21 Grand Am wants in low gear. We tried three different things, and even though it's not our final solution, we're going to go with what's been fastest, similar to what we ran in Chicago. The good thing with this car is that the window of opportunity seems to be a little wider, where you can miss by the set-up a little bit and still go down the track. It's almost as if we're testing while we're racing. I think with another 15-20 runs with this car, it's really going to shine, but for tomorrow, we're going to give it our best shot and try to go as many rounds as we can."

-Jon G. Knapp

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Drivers Tom Martino