Commerce: Tom Hammonds Friday notes

TEAM HAMMONDS HOPES TO SOLVE ENGINE PROBLEMS TO QUALIFY TOMORROW (COMMERCE, Ga., April 25, 2008) - Team Hammonds' ultimate competitor seems to be their Chevy Cobalt as driver/owner Tom Hammonds failed to register a qualifying time in the...

TEAM HAMMONDS HOPES TO SOLVE ENGINE PROBLEMS TO QUALIFY TOMORROW

(COMMERCE, Ga., April 25, 2008) - Team Hammonds' ultimate competitor seems to be their Chevy Cobalt as driver/owner Tom Hammonds failed to register a qualifying time in the first day of competition at the NHRA Southern Nationals in Atlanta.

"Looking at our data, the second run should have been a better run than what the time clock showed. Obviously, the time clock is what you go by, but it just felt like it was a better run," says a puzzled Hammonds.

In the second qualifying session, Hammonds ran an e. t. of 6.747 seconds (204.94 mph), which was not enough to bump into the 12 slot qualifying field.

"I am looking at the computer, and I really don't see much wrong with the run. We might be able to take a little clutch out here and there. We have a tune-up problem, where we just don't have the right tune-up on our engine, and it is not running anywhere on the track at all."

Earlier in the day, Hammonds' first run, where he ran 6.775 seconds (204.29 mph), left him baffled as to the Chevy Cobalt's performance. When he launched the car, the engine bogged. This problem was attributed to the carburetor which was the first time this problem has presented itself. As a result, they made adjustments to the float bowls of the carburetor in preparation for the second run.

For tomorrows qualifying, Hammonds, Crew Chief Jerry Eckman, and engine builder Jim Oliver will decide on a game plan. As it stands, they have been missing a set-up with the engine that has to be figured out to ensure qualifying.

"It's difficult! The set-up looks pretty good with what we have. It looks like the basic clutch package and gear ratio is good. We just had a malfunction and are looking at that right now, hoping for a good runs tomorrow," sums up Eckman.

-credit: thr

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