Denver: Tom Martino Friday notes

On paper, Tom Martino would seem to have had a good day on Friday at the Mopar Parts Nationals. Despite stifling heat and a corrected altitude of over 10,000 feet that slowed the normally aspirated "factory hot rods", Martino had made two...

On paper, Tom Martino would seem to have had a good day on Friday at the Mopar Parts Nationals. Despite stifling heat and a corrected altitude of over 10,000 feet that slowed the normally aspirated "factory hot rods", Martino had made two competitive runs, improving each time down the track. In fact, Martino had posted the quickest 60-foot time of the day in the Pro Stock class, and his 7.411-second, 185.61 mph effort placed the CENTURY 21 Firebird in the provisional 12th position halfway through qualifying. Even so, Martino felt that his run could have been better, and looked to rectify the situation during one of Saturday's two sessions. "Our first run this afternoon was pretty good, and we felt it gave us a good baseline to work from for tonight. After looking at it on our computer, we made several changes to the Century 21 Firebird based on what we thought it needed to take advantage of the improved conditions. As the time sheets show, it was great off the line tonight, but just didn't have the performance at the top end. Sometimes this car seems to give us mixed signals, acting as if it needs certain adjustments, but then reacting completely differently. It makes it hard, especially at tracks such as this one where the set-up is so important.

"We'll look at the information from today's run and make some adjustments for tomorrow. I'm confident we'll get this straightened out. Our goal is to get into the top half of the field, and set ourselves up for a good run on Sunday."

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