Reading: Tom Martino race wrap up

Throughout qualifying for the Keystone Nationals, Tom Martino and the Century 21 Racing Team fought to match their Pro Stock Firebird to the revamped Maple Grove Raceway surface. With nearly ideal conditions, the highly competitive "factory...

Throughout qualifying for the Keystone Nationals, Tom Martino and the Century 21 Racing Team fought to match their Pro Stock Firebird to the revamped Maple Grove Raceway surface. With nearly ideal conditions, the highly competitive "factory hot rods" made this one of the quickest and tightest fields of the season. Although the Martino crew was able to improve their elapsed time on every run, their best effort of 6.933 seconds, which came with a top speed of 198.67 mph, found them outside the top sixteen positions necessary to make Sunday's final eliminations. "This was a very tough weekend. Based on our last two races, and our most recent test session, we were feeling pretty good coming into Reading. After going over our Century 21 Firebird from nose to tail and making some major changes, we were confident of being able to make adjustments and consistently improve its performance.

"But once we unloaded here we struggled to be competitive. Our runs were not that bad car-wise, and we did improve yet the big numbers just weren't there. Earlier in the season we relied on our power to overcome some bad runs and still qualify, but it simply didn't work here.

"We need to find the root of the problem. We are going to stay here and test on Monday trying different set-ups, both in the chassis and the engine tune-up. We simply need to find what makes this car happy. I'm glad the last three weeks are over, because we now have some time before Topeka to get ourselves back on track."

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Drivers Tom Martino