Bristol: Tom Hammonds preview

HAMMONDS DETERMINED TO END NEGATIVE STREAK (HOLT, Fla., May 15, 2006) - Tom Hammonds driver/owner of the No. 20 Chevy Cobalt is determined to end his five-race DNQ streak this weekend at the O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals this ...

HAMMONDS DETERMINED TO END NEGATIVE STREAK

(HOLT, Fla., May 15, 2006) - Tom Hammonds driver/owner of the No. 20 Chevy Cobalt is determined to end his five-race DNQ streak this weekend at the O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals this weekend.

Hammonds is confident all the Cobalt's mechanical issues have been solved after having positive results from test sessions at Emerald Coast Dragway before coming to Bristol, Tenn.

"We should be 100 percent this race. Mechanical problems were again the main reason we did not qualify in St. Louis," said Hammonds.

Team Hammonds felt they had a good chance to qualify in St. Louis, but once back at the shop, the team discovered the engine had some damage, which affected the level of their performance. They were able to fix the problems, as well as work with Jim Yates to troubleshoot their carburetors and set-ups.

"I really believe we will surprise some people with our performance this race, and I am excited. I would like to see where we fall and hopefully that will be qualifying."

Hammonds has only raced at the Bristol Dragway once in his career in 2002, where it resulted in him not qualifying. In response to his performance when he drove a Chevy Cavalier, he feels a lot has changed from one year to the next, and he cannot look at what he did the last time he raced in Bristol, Tenn. He must stay in the present to achieve the result he seeks.

With a new season and a second chance at the Bristol Dragway, Hammonds, who is taken with the scenery, hopes weather conditions will hold up so that he can let the clutch out to see what happens.

"Racing between the mountains is just music to your ears when you hear two pro stock cars going down the track. I am looking forward to competing and qualifying."

Jim Yates will be racing with a THE engine this weekend. He raced with a THE engine in St. Louis and qualified in13th place, but lost in the first elimination round.

-credit: thr

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