Hammonds' team looks good, advances to 2nd round in St. Louis. When Tom Hammonds and the Winnebago/GM Vehicle Care crew picked up the trophy on Sunday morning for winning the Best Appearing Crew award at the Sears Craftsman Nationals, they hoped...
Hammonds' team looks good, advances to 2nd round in St. Louis.
When Tom Hammonds and the Winnebago/GM Vehicle Care crew picked up the trophy on Sunday morning for winning the Best Appearing Crew award at the Sears Craftsman Nationals, they hoped they would have another trophy to set beside it by the end of the day - that of a national event winner.
However, they knew they faced a tough assignment. After bouncing back in the heat on Saturday to be the only Pro Stock contestant to put themselves into Sunday's field, the Hammonds crew would start their pursuit of a Gateway International Raceway victory from the fifteenth position. This set the stage for a first round encounter with No. 2 qualifier Ron Krisher, who ironically is the engine supplier for the Hammonds Cavalier.
With temperatures on race day nearing 100 degrees, it would be a test of both man and machine to produce the performance necessary to win. Despite not having lane choice, the Winnebago/GM Vehicle Care Cavalier streaked down the quarter-mile in 6.948 seconds, with a top speed of 199.58 mph to overcome Krisher's starting line advantage and score the upset win, propelling Hammonds into the second round against Greg Anderson.
Once again, Hammonds would be running in the less-preferred right lane. Responding to the challenge, Hammonds posted the quickest elapsed time of the round on that side of the track at 6.952 seconds. However it was not enough to prevent his opponent from ending Hammonds' day. Even so, Hammonds realized that it had been a productive weekend for his young team.
"Overall, it was a pretty good weekend. After struggling a bit on Friday, we showed a little character by coming back to run strong for the rest of the event. We not only got our Winnebago/GM Vehicle Care Cavalier in the show, but we scored a round win over a tough opponent. We lost to Greg Anderson, who is a great competitor, whose team is doing a good job right now.
"We're still pretty happy. We picked up some points towards our goal of getting back in the Top Ten, or maybe even the Top Five. We'll go back and regroup in time for Denver, looking to keep moving our program forward."