Gainesville: Tom Bradford Saturday summary

Bradford Hopes 7th is Lucky Tom Bradford will start the Gatornationals from an NHRA career best seventh qualifying spot (with top MPH of the meet) on his Balbayis Asset Consulting/Hal's Speedshop Buell. It's a good spot for the 5-time ...

Bradford Hopes 7th is Lucky

Tom Bradford will start the Gatornationals from an NHRA career best seventh qualifying spot (with top MPH of the meet) on his Balbayis Asset Consulting/Hal's Speedshop Buell. It's a good spot for the 5-time AHDRA national champion, but not quite as sexy as the third place spot he was in at the end of round 2 yesterday. "It was a tough deal out here today," said Bradford. "Because of the weather, the morning session was definitely everybody's shot."

And Bradford had the run of a lifetime going. "We had the best 60 foot, the best eighth mile MPH, and the second best eighth mile ET behind Ryan," reported Bradford. "I had Antron (Brown, the #2 qualifier who was in the right lane) beat at 1000 feet out and dropped a cylinder. It was an electrical connection on the fuel injection on the front cylinder. I'm sure it would have been right on the heals of Ryan's time (Ryan Schnitz, the #1 qualifier) if it hadn't."

Like most in the class, Bradford slowed in Q4. "It was in the heat of the day, which is what we'll be running in tomorrow," said Bradford. "The track was hot, about 115 degrees, and we just didn't have a hot weather tune-up. We learned, and that's the good thing. We know where we've gotta go to get on the right end of the spectrum."

"We're feeling awesome. I really feel like we've got a really good chance here. If we make the right moves, I feel like we've got a definite shot at this deal. We're in a good position on the ladder. We run Shawn Gann in round 1, so it will be a good, tough race. I'm really excited for the team."

-tbr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Shawn Gann , Ryan Schnitz , Tom Bradford