Madison: Tom Hammonds Friday summary

Hammonds opens strong, but will need to improve on Saturday in St. Louis. Tom Hammonds opened his qualifying attempt at the Sears Craftsman Nationals with a 6.950-second, 199.29 mph run on Friday afternoon, good enough to place the Winnebago/GM...

Hammonds opens strong, but will need to improve on Saturday in St. Louis.

Tom Hammonds opened his qualifying attempt at the Sears Craftsman Nationals with a 6.950-second, 199.29 mph run on Friday afternoon, good enough to place the Winnebago/GM Vehicle Care Cavalier 7th in the Pro Stock division. More importantly, the run gave the Hammonds team vital information for the evening session, which traditionally offers the normally aspirated "factory hot rods" the best opportunity to make the field for Sunday's eliminations.

Hoping to take advantage of the cooler evening conditions, Hammonds launched hard in the left lane. However, his car suddenly headed to the left, and although he was able to bring it back in the groove and improve on his previous attempt, his 6.942-second elapsed time found him outside the top sixteen. Hammonds will now look to take advantage of an early session on Saturday morning to place himself back in the field.

"Although I haven't had a chance to look at the computer, it felt like we were a little too aggressive on the clutch set-up in tonight's run. We were conservative on our first run and went right down the track. But tonight, it felt like we were blowing the tires off in every gear. We're going to look at the computer, see what we did with the clutch set-up on both runs and tune our Winnebago/GM Vehicle Care Cavalier up for tomorrow morning."

-thr-

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