Harold Martin Rockingham Saturday summary

Martin Starts Strong, Qualifies Fourth at "The Rock" After high winds and rain washed out Friday's first qualifying session at the IHRA Spring Nationals, Harold Martin knew he would need to make the most of his two remaining opportunities in...

Martin Starts Strong, Qualifies Fourth at "The Rock"

After high winds and rain washed out Friday's first qualifying session at the IHRA Spring Nationals, Harold Martin knew he would need to make the most of his two remaining opportunities in order to guarantee his participation in Sunday's final eliminations.

Responding to the challenge, Martin posted the quickest pass of the session on his first attempt on Saturday, powering his ACDelco Pontiac Pro Mod through the quarter-mile in 6.220 seconds with a top speed of 224.06 mph. This remained his run of record when he battled tire shake on his final qualifying run, slotting the "EFI Wizard" in the fourth starting position for race day.

"We're pleased with both runs," said Martin. "The 6.22 was a nice conservative run that we thought had three or four hundredths left in it. Then tonight, we wanted to get some data on this ACDelco Pontiac in the colder temperatures, and we learned some things.

"It shook the tires, and wasn't violent enough that I couldn't have driven through it, but knowing that we were solidly in, the risk factor wasn't worth it. Still, we were one of the quickest cars to sixty feet. Since we suspect the ambient temperatures tomorrow will be similar, tonight's data will prove useful. From that aspect, all is not lost. Even though we knew we had something special and the pole was in sight, we'll take this new information and look to build on it tomorrow."

-jgk-

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