In the first round of Sunday's final eliminations of the Winston Showdown, Tom Martino made what ended up being the third quickest pass of the day in the Pro Stock division. Bettering his own qualifying effort by more than a hundredth of second,...
In the first round of Sunday's final eliminations of the Winston Showdown, Tom Martino made what ended up being the third quickest pass of the day in the Pro Stock division. Bettering his own qualifying effort by more than a hundredth of second, the CENTURY 21 Firebird streaked down the Tennessee quarter-mile in 7.052 seconds, with a top speed of 195.22 mph. However, this strong performance was not enough to overcome the advantage gained by Martino's opponent at the starting line, despite the New Jersey native's solid .468 reaction time. By leaving .426 seconds after the lights had turned green, Greg Anderson was able to just hold off Martino's incredible charge at the top end. Although disappointed by his early exit, Martino quickly focused on getting things together for next week's race in Denver.
"In this class, you can't overlook anything. The Century 21 team worked on improving our car throughout the weekend, and despite the progress, we still have some work to do. For example, even though today's run was fast, I believe we left a little on the table. Naturally, we could have done better at the starting line, but we were also slowed by some tire shake down track. If we fix either one of those, the result would have been different.
"Right now, the car is not as predictable as we would like, which makes it difficult to adjust. We've been able to survive on our horsepower, but we need the entire package in order to start challenging for event wins. What makes it so frustrating is that we know the potential is there. The best part about having Denver next week is that it gives us another opportunity to get back on track."