Bristol: Tom Hammonds qualifying summary

Hammonds' qualifying streak is snapped in Bristol Of the three professional categories that compete on the full NHRA POWERade Drag Racing circuit, the Pro Stock Cars are the most sensitive to changes in the weather. Therefore, when Tom Hammonds...

Hammonds' qualifying streak is snapped in Bristol

Of the three professional categories that compete on the full NHRA POWERade Drag Racing circuit, the Pro Stock Cars are the most sensitive to changes in the weather. Therefore, when Tom Hammonds and the Winnebago Cavalier Racing team encountered warmer temperatures and sunny skies during Saturday's final qualifying sessions for the Mac Tools Thunder Valley Nationals, they knew it would be difficult to crack the top sixteen passes from the previous evening, each of which had broken the previous track record.

Unfortunately, the Hammonds crew was unable to find the necessary performance, and found their streak of qualifying for national events stopped at thirteen. In fact, there were no changes in the qualifying order from Friday, and of approximately seventy Pro Stock passes made on Saturday, only five would have been quick enough to make the field.

Although disappointed by the setback, the Hammonds crew quickly turned their attention to correcting the problems encountered in Bristol by next week's race in Atlanta.

"Naturally, this was a very disappointing weekend for the entire team. We were never able to get the gremlin out of our Winnebago Cavalier. As tough as this was, it's a part of racing, and we just have to regroup in time for Atlanta. .

"First thing tomorrow, we'll take the motor out and have Mike (crewmember Matthews) drive it back to the shop so they can go over it from top to bottom. I'm very confident in Jimmy Oliver, Tom Roberts and Boone Roberts being able to find something so we can head into Atlanta ready to win."

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