Bristol: Tom Hammonds Saturday notes

HAMMONDS IS IN AND BREAKS DNQ STREAK (BRISTOL, Tenn., May 17, 2008) - Pro stock car driver Tom Hammonds qualified in 11th place for elimination competition, breaking his five-race DNQ steak at the O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley...

HAMMONDS IS IN AND BREAKS DNQ STREAK

(BRISTOL, Tenn., May 17, 2008) - Pro stock car driver Tom Hammonds qualified in 11th place for elimination competition, breaking his five-race DNQ steak at the O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.

Hammonds ran solid times all four qualifying sessions, making it in with an elapsed time of 6.730 seconds at 203.77 mph, which he ran in the third qualifying session.

"Obviously, we are excited about qualifying. This is the first time in a long time we have qualified," said an elated Hammonds. "The guys, Leonard Davis, Mike Staebler, and Joe Peña, did an excellent job."

It took five races for Hammonds to make it back to competing on elimination Sunday, and along the way the team had personnel changes and mechanical problems that could have easily had him throw in the towel, but determined to take it one step at a time allowed Hammonds to break the five-race DNQ streak.

"We have worked hard and learned things the times we did not qualify. I learned that I can live with not qualifying, as long as we learn from the situation and not make the same mistakes. We've broken some parts along the way, and it has been expensive for our engine program. Hopefully, that is all behind us now."

Satisfied with qualifying solidly in the field gives Hammonds and the team confidence they are moving in the right direction. He feels there are still some unanswered questions that need to be addressed pertaining to performance, but for right now, he is content with being included the field to compete for the win on Sunday.

Tomorrow, Hammonds will prepare himself and the Chevy Cobalt as a team to do the best they can. He will face the number six qualifier, Dave Connelly, in the first round.

"We have to go out tomorrow and take care of business, no matter who it is, and hopefully we are there at the end. The only thing I can control is what we do in the pit and at the starting line. I know that we will give our best. "

-credit: thr

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