Columbus: Tom Hammonds Friday qualifying summary

A bumpy ride on Friday has Hammonds looking towards Saturday in Columbus. After opening qualifying with a solid 6.969-second, 199.14 mph run, Tom Hammonds looked to take advantage of the improved conditions on Friday evening to solidify his ...

A bumpy ride on Friday has Hammonds looking towards Saturday in Columbus.

After opening qualifying with a solid 6.969-second, 199.14 mph run, Tom Hammonds looked to take advantage of the improved conditions on Friday evening to solidify his Winnebago/GM Vehicle Care Cavalier's position in the Pro Stock field for the Pontiac Excitement Nationals in Kirkersville, Ohio. Running in the left lane, the early performance numbers pointed towards Hammonds' achieving his goal. However, he soon found himself fighting to maintain control, as the rough racing surface unsettled his race car. Despite his best efforts, Hammonds was forced to abort the run, and will now look to one of Saturday's two qualifying sessions to reclaim a spot on Sunday's final eliminations ladder.

"In the first run, we were a little too aggressive down track, and didn't have a great sixty-foot time. Based on the information from that run, we made some changes for the evening run, thinking we would be able to improve on our earlier time since the track was a lot cooler and the atmospheric conditions were much better.

"Although our sixty-foot time was better, and our Winnebago/GM Vehicle Care Cavalier was going down the quarter-mile nice and straight, we hit the bump that the left hand lane is notorious for, which unsettled our chassis.

"We're still very optimistic about our chances, because the forecast for tomorrow is calling for cooler temperatures, and we'll be running early in the morning. I believe we should be able to find the right combination to put ourselves back in the field where we belong."

-thr-

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