Pomona: Team Hammonds preview

TEAM HAMMONDS 2009 NHRA SEASON START DIFFERENT FROM PREVIOUS SEASONS (HOLT, Fla., Feb. 4, 2009) - - Team Hammonds is coming off of a promising start at the fourth annual Las Vegas Showdown at The Strip at Las Vegas Speedway, where they made...

TEAM HAMMONDS 2009 NHRA SEASON START DIFFERENT FROM PREVIOUS SEASONS

(HOLT, Fla., Feb. 4, 2009) - - Team Hammonds is coming off of a promising start at the fourth annual Las Vegas Showdown at The Strip at Las Vegas Speedway, where they made it to the semi-final round, and as a result, Tom Hammonds, owner/driver of the No.20 Race for Achievement Chevy Cobalt, feels they are on the right track to make some noise at the start of the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Pro Stock season in Pomona, Calf. tomorrow.

"We had a great start this past weekend in Las Vegas in competition and testing. I feel strongly we can finish in the top 10," said a hyped Hammonds. "Of course everyone says that every year, but for us, this year, we have the engines and personnel, which is key, to do it."

Hammonds came to the realization that he was trying to do everything which perhaps played a major role in a not so good showing last season. The team competed in 13 race events and qualified only once. In hindsight, he knows that it is impossible for any team to be successful when one person is making the calls on the car and driving.

With the addition of a brand new chassis and former Pro Stock European Champion and successful Crew Chief Tom Laine, Hammond is excited about this weekend's competition. The number one goal at the Kragen O'Reilly NHRA Winternationals is to qualify, and to qualify, according to the crew chief's call is to win rounds with the best that you have.

Laine said, "The Las Vegas Showdown was used to get to our performance level to what it needs to be so that we can qualify at the first race. That is our goal for Pomona, [Cali.] and the season. We used that time to find the best combination, the best tires, the best carburetors, and the best of everything so we can be competitive."

"The car is brand new and only has a few runs on it. So, we want to work on every aspect of the car so we can get to the 60-foot and the 330 the way we would like. We were not trying to set the world on fire in Vegas; we just wanted to find the right combination going into Pomona, [Calf.]."

Set their world on fire is what they did by the team's standards, which gets them many steps closer to a showing that will be satisfactory to Team Hammonds to start the season and hopefully continue throughout.

"I really, really feel good about this season and our team! No looking back, we are ready to race this weekend," admits a smiling, competitive Hammonds.

-credit: tm

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