Joliet II: Tom Hammonds Saturday summary

Hammonds rebounds to place 14th at Route 66 Raceway. On the strength of an impressive 6.839-second, 200.86 mph run made on his fourth and final attempt, Tom Hammonds qualified his Winnebago/GM Vehicle Care Pro Stock Cavalier fourteenth for ...

Hammonds rebounds to place 14th at Route 66 Raceway.

On the strength of an impressive 6.839-second, 200.86 mph run made on his fourth and final attempt, Tom Hammonds qualified his Winnebago/GM Vehicle Care Pro Stock Cavalier fourteenth for Sunday's final eliminations of the Craftsman 75th Anniversary Nationals in Joliet, Ill.

Entering Saturday's final two sessions at Route 66 Raceway outside the top sixteen required to qualify, Hammonds knew it would take a nearly flawless run to guarantee his participation on race day. On his first attempt on Saturday afternoon, Hammonds posted the sixth quickest time of the round at 6.842 seconds, with a top speed of 200.86 mph, which placed the Crestview, Fla. native in the thirteenth position entering the final time trial.

However, by the time Hammonds came to the line in the last session, he found himself in the precarious sixteenth position, the final spot on the eliminations ladder. Despite running in the less-preferred right lane, Hammonds responded by posting the third quickest pass of the round, securing the fourteenth spot, and setting the stage for a first-round match-up with No. 3 qualifier Greg Stanfield.

"We made two really good runs today, which gives us a lot of confidence heading into tomorrow. To be honest, I'm more pleased about our second run, because it came in the right lane, and shows our Cavalier can get down both sides of the track. In fact, we saw some things on that last run where we could have made a few adjustments and increased our performance even further. Our set-up was a little soft, but maybe that's what it takes to run fast in the right lane

"This is a big boost for this entire Winnebago/GM Vehicle Care team, and we're looking forward to having some fun tomorrow. Looking at the ladder, we seem to have had an invasion of that other manufacturer, so the GM teams will have be to on their game tomorrow. Speaking for ourselves, we're hoping to step up and have another long day at Route 66 Raceway."

-thr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Greg Stanfield , Tom Hammonds