Sonoma: Tom Bradford Friday summary

Bradford 5th on Friday Tom Bradford was thrilled with the performance of his Balbayis Asset Consulting/Hal's Speedshop Buell and team at the opening day of NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying for the Fram Autolite Nationals at Infineon Raceway...

Bradford 5th on Friday

Tom Bradford was thrilled with the performance of his Balbayis Asset Consulting/Hal's Speedshop Buell and team at the opening day of NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying for the Fram Autolite Nationals at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California. "Coming from Denver, there's just a tremendous amount of work that goes into preparing this bike to run here," Bradford said. There's about an 8500 feet corrected altitude difference in the two tracks. "It says a lot about this team that with our inexperience we're able to turn all the screws correctly."

True enough, the team had the bike tuned pretty good for the opening round, as Tom's pass netted him fifth in the order.

"We were really pumped up after round 1," said Bradford. "We really thought the evening round would be the best shot to run 6's. I thought the top 5 in the field would be 6's. But then a 15 mph headwind kicked in right when the round started and took the wind out of everybody's sails."

Tom slowed at the same rate as the rest of the field and held on to fifth spot. "I can't tell you how pleased I am about the way we're jelling as a team and the thought processes that go on in the pits. It's rewarding to watch all that take place. When a guy like Ryan Schnitz's dad Dave comes up to you before a round and says 'Don't make us look bad', that really means a lot."

Bradford's also pretty smitten with the Bruton Smith run Infineon. "The facility is huge, but it's top notch. And they have an excellent fan base in this area. It's Friday and the stands are packed." Hopefully those fans will see lots of 6 second motorcycle passes on Saturday.

-th

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Series NHRA
Drivers Ryan Schnitz , Tom Bradford