Bristol: Tom Hammond Friday summary

Hammonds' race car throws him a curve on Friday in Bristol. For the fourth time in six races, Tom Hammonds and his Winnebago Pro Stock Cavalier made their first competitive runs on a track as part of qualifying for an NHRA POWERade Drag Racing...

Hammonds' race car throws him a curve on Friday in Bristol.

For the fourth time in six races, Tom Hammonds and his Winnebago Pro Stock Cavalier made their first competitive runs on a track as part of qualifying for an NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series national event. Therefore, it might be understandable that their best effort of 6.922 seconds would find the crew battling to solve a problem and increase performance. However, the problems the Hammonds team encountered during Friday's initial qualifying sessions for the Mac Tools Thunder Valley Nationals had less to do with the racing surface than with their race car.

"We seem to have a gremlin in our Winnebago Cavalier that we haven't been able to find, which slows the car down at the top end. We thought it might be our powerplant, so we put our backup motor in for the second session, and it ran like a backup. Barring our finding any kind of mechanical failure in that particular unit during our post-run inspection, we'll put our primary motor back in and go over our Cavalier from nose to tail tonight trying to find what's wrong so we can fix it and get ready for tomorrow.

"The good news is that the track surface is coming around nicely, which is a change from this morning when I thought we would be in trouble. But we've had some cars get down the track and the Pro Mods did a good job of putting some rubber down. The first session was okay, and although the second session was better, the numbers weren't quite where everyone expected them to be.

"By tomorrow morning the track should be even better, and we'll hopefully diagnose our problem and be back at full strength. We're still confident of getting a good starting spot for Sunday."

-thr-

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Drivers Tom Hammonds