Commerce: Tom Bradford final summary

Bradford Advances in Atlanta Tom Bradford got the round 1 monkey off of his back, advancing off the first wrung of the Pro Stock Motorcycle ladder for the first time in '06. Still, Bradford was not thrilled with the pass, which ...

Bradford Advances in Atlanta

Tom Bradford got the round 1 monkey off of his back, advancing off the first wrung of the Pro Stock Motorcycle ladder for the first time in '06. Still, Bradford was not thrilled with the pass, which nonetheless outperformed Matt Smith's Buell after Smith redlit.

"We struggled all weekend with the setup for this race track, and the rain didn't help," said Bradford. "That was obviously not the performance we were looking for."

The bike improved for round 2 and so did Bradford's riding, as he nailed a .012 light on two-time champ Andrew Hines. But Hines made up ground quickly and drove around for the win.

"I feel really good about my light," said Bradford, a five-time AHDRA champion. "After Gainesville and Houston, where both losses were reaction time related, I was dealing with things like getting comfortable on the bike that I'm not used to dealing with. But personally, this round did a lot for me. I feel a lot better coming out of this race than I did Houston or Gainesville.

"Our problems here were all on the starting line. Though we were running back-half numbers as well as the top 5 in the field, we just never got a hold of the starting line all weekend.

"The tune-up is forever changing with these bikes. Any change you make, no matter how subtle, can change things dramatically. If you can keep up with that, then you're doing OK.

"This was a crew chief's race and we were working without our crew chief, Rob Schopf. It was the biggest event of the weekend back at Hal's Speedshop and we had to make the tough decision for him to stay back. I know this motorcycle had 0's in it this weekend and we just couldn't find it."

All in all, it was a positive weekend for the Balbayis Asset Consulting/Hal's Speedshop team. "We got excellent, excellent coverage in "National Dragster" this week," said Bradford. "Brad Littlefield wrote it and did an excellent job. And we're in the top 10 in points, and we definitely want to stay there."

Tom thanked sponsors Balbayis Asset Consulting, Hal's Speedshop, Hal's H-D/Buell, Vanson Leathers, Stitch-it-Embroidery, CRD Inc., T-N-S Machining, S&S Cycle, Buell Motor Co., Mustang Shelly's Roadhouse, Red Line Oil, MTI Coatings, Autolite, Simpson, Wiseco, Rinehart Racing, and The Carburetor Shop for their support of the Hal's/Thunder Eagle team.

-www.halspa.com

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Series NHRA
Drivers Andrew Hines , Matthew Smith , Tom Bradford