HAMMONDS RUNS SOLID TIME TO CARRY OVER TOMORROW (BRISTOL, Tenn., May 16, 2008) - - Tom Hammonds, driver of the No. 20 Chevy Cobalt in the pro stock category, elapsed time of 6.747 seconds (203.12 mph) will stand going into tomorrow's ...
HAMMONDS RUNS SOLID TIME TO CARRY OVER TOMORROW
(BRISTOL, Tenn., May 16, 2008) - - Tom Hammonds, driver of the No. 20 Chevy Cobalt in the pro stock category, elapsed time of 6.747 seconds (203.12 mph) will stand going into tomorrow's competition. at the O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.
Hammonds started the first qualifying session running an elapsed time of 6.811 seconds at 202.24 mph placing him in 19th position among a field of 28. Hammonds had trouble in the left lane with the car going hard left, but was able to recover to get down the track.
"Normally, you get out of those types of runs, but we needed the data to tune for the second run," explains Hammonds. "The first run we were trying to be conservative and just get down the track, and we were just a little bit too conservative and didn't make a good run. It was not a pretty run by any means, but we really needed the data for the second run".
Using the data from the first qualifying session, the team made some adjustments to make a fairly decent run to make the cut off. As they made adjustments, the air factor was key in getting a solid time. It was improving as the day progressed, which had the team a little concerned.
"For the second run we tried to improve off the first run. We made even more adjustments because the air kept getting better and better, which was kind of throwing us off. I think overall the crew did a good job, and I think we have something left for tomorrow as well."
"We still have some room for improvement. But it is good to know our time will stand for tomorrow."
Going into day two of qualifying, Hammonds says the team will assess the air and adjust their gear ratios accordingly.