Tom Martino Friday Gainesville Friday Pit Note

Martino places 7th and sees room for improvement after the first day in Florida. Tom Martino and the CENTURY 21( Racing Team had a solid outing in the first day of qualifying for the Mac Tools Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida. Opening...

Martino places 7th and sees room for improvement after the first day in Florida.

Tom Martino and the CENTURY 21( Racing Team had a solid outing in the first day of qualifying for the Mac Tools Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida. Opening in the tenth position after a 6.930-second pass in the first session, Martino then posted the third quickest Pro Stock pass of the afternoon round to claim the seventh spot with two more opportunities remaining on Saturday.

"To be honest, the first run wasn't quite what we were looking for. We've been trying to run a different clutch set-up because we think it will prove to be more user-friendly, but we don't have it quite dialed in yet. The overall run wasn't bad, but the clutch part of it was terrible.

"For the evening session, we went back to our original set-up. It was a touch light, but probably only by a hundredth. It was pretty good run, and we'll tune on it from there to try and move our CENTURY 21( Firebird up the ladder for Sunday."

Martino touched on the one area of concern for all racers - the threat of possible rain showers on Saturday.

"The weather will play a big part of our set-up. After not getting the performance we wanted in the morning, we were a little conservative for the second session to make sure we got a good run in. Fortunately, we accomplished our goal. With that in the bank, tonight I will just set the clutch as if the conditions were identical to what we just ran. That way, when we arrive in the morning, I'll make the changes for the conditions. We're happy with that."

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