Reading: Tom Hammonds Friday summary

Friday the 13th proves unlucky for Hammonds in Reading. Tom Hammonds opened his qualifying effort for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals with a competitive 6.876-second, 200.20 mph pass, placing the Winnebago/GM Vehicle Care Cavalier 12th entering ...

Friday the 13th proves unlucky for Hammonds in Reading.

Tom Hammonds opened his qualifying effort for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals with a competitive 6.876-second, 200.20 mph pass, placing the Winnebago/GM Vehicle Care Cavalier 12th entering Friday night's evening session. Although Hammonds, running in the right-hand lane, made another representative run at 6.892 seconds, he now found himself outside the top sixteen heading into Saturday's final twin time trials.

However, Hammonds' chances for reclaiming a spot in Sunday's final eliminations received a welcome boost when the NHRA continued its recent policy of rescheduling the Saturday morning session for 10 a.m., when temperatures would be closer to those of the evening run, giving the naturally-aspirated Pro Stock contingent more than one realistic opportunity to qualify. This, combined with the additional tuning information created on Friday, left Hammonds quietly optimistic.

"After opening with a solid 6.87 pass, we made a few adjustments for the evening session. Although tonight's run wasn't a particularly good one, it did give us some very valuable tuning information that we will be able to use for tomorrow morning's session. Looking at the weather forecast, and the fact that we are scheduled to run a little after 10 a.m., I think it could very well be the best session of the weekend.

"We'll analyze the data from today's two runs, and tune our Winnebago/GM Vehicle Care Cavalier for tomorrow morning. Although I believe the lanes are fairly equal, looking at the time sheet, a majority of the quicker runs came in the left lane, which is where we'll be for that crucial third run. However, that alone will not fix our car. We have to go out and make a good, clean run. If we do that, I have no doubt that we'll get the job done and put ourselves back in the show."

-thr-

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