Dallas: Tom Martino finals day is short

After qualifying a solid 4th, CENTURY 21 Pro Stock Firebird pilot Tom Martino was looking forward to a long day at the Castrol Nationals in Dallas, Texas. After all, he had posted one of the most consistent sets of qualifying runs in Pro ...

After qualifying a solid 4th, CENTURY 21 Pro Stock Firebird pilot Tom Martino was looking forward to a long day at the Castrol Nationals in Dallas, Texas. After all, he had posted one of the most consistent sets of qualifying runs in Pro Stock with each pass among the three quickest, and his car seemed to be responding properly to the Martino team's adjustments. However, their hopes for victory were quickly extinguished when in the first round their 7.017-second elapsed time came up short against V. Gaines, who ironically uses an engine built by Martino and his crew chief Tom Kling. "We simply underestimated the track. We thought it would be a little worse than last night, and that's how we set the car up. In actuality, it was about two hundredths better. As a result, we knocked the clutch clean out of it all the way down the track. We had outrun V. by three hundredths each time down the track, so we should have gone 6.97 to his 7 flat. But he did a good job today, and we were a too light on the clutch.

"Last night we were aggressive with our set-up and our CENTURY 21 Firebird went pretty fast. Unfortunately we didn't stick with it, and we should have. Trust me, we won't let that happen again.

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