Gainesville: Tom Hammonds preview

TEAM HAMMONDS READY TO PERFORM AT HOME TRACK (HOLT, Fla., Mar. 12, 2009) - - History shows that Team Hammonds has always done well when racing at what is considered their home track, the Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Fla. This year, they...

TEAM HAMMONDS READY TO PERFORM AT HOME TRACK

(HOLT, Fla., Mar. 12, 2009) - - History shows that Team Hammonds has always done well when racing at what is considered their home track, the Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Fla. This year, they are hoping it will be not different when they compete this weekend at the ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals.

"I am confident that we do have the power and the parts to do the job. It's all about making the right call at the right time to make nice runs," said Tomi Laine, Team Hammonds' crew chief.

Coming off of a loss in the first round of eliminations in Phoenix, the team is off to a good start overall, qualifying in Pomona, Calf. at the first race of the NHRA Pro Stock season giving them two Sunday opportunities. The season goal of being consistent in qualifying has definitely not fallen short, and in keeping with the goal, Laine seeks to keep the streak going by working through and improving in all four qualifying runs.

"It looks like the weather will be okay to run all four qualifying runs so that we can have a shot to race on Sunday. We want to make sure that we are at 110 percent."

The team was at only 90 percent, because of clutch problems they experienced in Phoenix. To bring that percentage up for this weekend's match-ups, they spent time rebuilding clutches, as well as trouble shooting all parts, to make sure their concentration at the track will be producing winning set-ups.

Laine said, "We were able to rebuild the clutches and test in Valdosta, [Ga.] in preparation for Gatornationals. We made sure the all the parts were in good working condition and tune-ups and set-ups are ready for racing."

Team Hammonds has made four appearances at Gatornationals. Qualifying twice, the team registered a career best elapsed time of 6.629 sec. and speed of 209.17 mph in 2007. Their first appearance in 2002, Team Hammonds qualified second on the pole going into eliminations, losing in elimination round two to 10th place Darrall Aderman.

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