Baytown: Tom Hammonds final report

TEAM HAMMONDS REPEATS ELIMINATION ROUND ONE PHOENIX RESULT AT NHRA SPRING NATIONALS (BAYTOWN, TEXAS, Mar. 29, 2009) - Team Hammonds repeated their Phoenix performance in the first round of eliminations today at the O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals...

TEAM HAMMONDS REPEATS ELIMINATION ROUND ONE PHOENIX RESULT AT NHRA SPRING NATIONALS

(BAYTOWN, TEXAS, Mar. 29, 2009) - Team Hammonds repeated their Phoenix performance in the first round of eliminations today at the O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park, losing to Jason Line due to a red lighting.

"I am definitely disappointed about losing, more so by red lighting," said Tom Hammonds, owner and driver of the No. 20 Race for Achievement Chevy Cobalt presented by US Marines. "The big thing is that we did the same thing in Phoenix against Jason."

"In Phoenix, I thought I saw the yellow light and let the clutch out, and here, I knew I saw the yellow light, let the clutch out. I know that I am not up there guessing, so the best thing we can do now is to slow the [clutch] linkage down."

Crew Chief Tomi Laine agrees they will have to work on the clutch linkage, since Hammonds' patterns are consistent and this being the second red light result. It is just a matter of getting solid set-ups and procedures to match his patterns. Laine is assured Hammonds can cut good lights once this is done.

Overall, he was please with the way the car performed in elimination round one registering a career best speed of 210.18 mph.

Laine said, "We stayed late last night to make major changes on the car from bumper to bumper because we were not happy at all the way it was performing during qualifying. This is a tricky track to get down and run fast, and I knew what the car needed to do both. We made a nice run. Unfortunately, we got the red light on the run, giving it to Jason Line."

"It's racing, and we definitely made a big improvement. I am happy about the way the car looked and performed today."

Hammonds is excited about running his career best and felt it was a pretty good run also. He hates it was wasted on a red light, but he knows he will be ready for competition in Las Vegas next weekend.

-credit: th

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tom Hammonds , Jason Line