Dallas Tom Martino Friday Report

Martino Moments Results from the First Day of qualifying for 14th Annual O'Reilly Fall Nationals Friday night in Dallas finds Tom Martino leading in the pack in Pro Stock Day/Date: Friday, October 22, 1999 Location: Texas Motorplex, ...

Martino Moments

Results from the First Day of qualifying for 14th Annual O'Reilly Fall Nationals

Friday night in Dallas finds Tom Martino leading in the pack in Pro Stock

Day/Date:   Friday, October 22, 1999
Location:   Texas Motorplex, Ennis, Texas

On the basis of two very strong runs, Tom Martino placed his CENTURY 21( Firebird on the provisional pole halfway through qualifying for the O'Reilly Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex. In each of the first two sessions, Martino recorded the quickest pass in Pro Stock, with his 6.900-second, 199.29-mph pass made on Friday night being his run of record.

"We're really happy to make two very good runs with the CENTURY 21( Firebird today. In fact, we were on the pole in both lanes - first on the left then in the right. That's important, because it shows we have a set-up that works in both lanes.

"The easiest way to explain today's success is that I finally have enough runs on this car to feel what it's doing, instead of simply reading the computer output. After Memphis we tested and made some suspension changes, because our car wouldn't hold any speed in low gear. A few days later we ran with the new set-up in Englishtown, and it got off the line really well. Knowing how good the surface is here at the Texas Motorplex, we left it alone for today's runs, figuring the track would come to us and it did. It's not as much rocket science as it is getting the car right. If you get the car in that happy zone, the window opens up.

"Tonight's run was not a perfect clutch run, and it carried the wheels way down track, which pulled it out of the groove. Even so, it was a really nice run, and that's all you can ask. I know I'll sleep well tonight.

"Being number one is great, but our emphasis is on winning rounds and races.

If we're able to run consistently throughout qualifying, we'll be in a better frame of mind and have a better handle on the track for Sunday. That's our goal for tomorrow (Saturday)."

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