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ECKMAN GIVES FORMULA FOR A WIN FOR TEAM HAMMONDS IN ATLANTA (HOLT, Fla., April 23, 2008) -- Team Hammonds is starting off shaky this season, but with Crew Chief Jerry Eckman at the helm, they are looking to turn it around at the 28th annual...

ECKMAN GIVES FORMULA FOR A WIN FOR TEAM HAMMONDS IN ATLANTA

(HOLT, Fla., April 23, 2008) -- Team Hammonds is starting off shaky this season, but with Crew Chief Jerry Eckman at the helm, they are looking to turn it around at the 28th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals in Atlanta.

Eckman is no novice on the NHRA circuit. A past nationals event winner with 20 years of racing as a pro stock driver, he knows what it takes to pull out a win and is no stranger to being a winner at the Atlanta track. As crew chief for Team Hammonds, his combination for success in Atlanta is to make improvements while moving in the right direction and Tom Hammonds' being fired-up to win.

Five races into the season Team Hammonds qualified only once. Eckman explains that the team has been working with new set-ups and trying out new things to find the right combination which has not always presented the result for which they were working toward - a win.

"Trying a lot of things to improve [the Chevy Cobalt], we discovered we were going in the wrong direction. We found a few things that were set-up wrong on the car, and we got that all corrected. You will see a new team in Atlanta. We will be out there with bells on our toes," said a confident Eckman.

Eckman testifies that Hammonds is a good driver who is a tough competitor and a formidable opponent. He says that when Hammonds gets that fire in him he is tough to beat. That is the fire he would like to see for the competition in Atlanta.

"Last year, Tom ran really well and was fired up in Atlanta. He was very competitive against Greg Anderson in the first round of eliminations. When he gets fired up, he can really beat some guys."

While technology has advanced, the one constant the successful veteran says remains the same year after year is the pro stock category has always been a very difficult and competitive class. Because of this, he feels it is always rewarding when a driver does well, and Hammonds seeks to do just this in Atlanta under the advisement of Eckman.

-credit: th

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Series NHRA
Drivers Greg Anderson , Tom Hammonds