Denver: Tom Bradford Saturday summary

Bradford in the .30's When Tom Bradford qualified number 1 in St. Louis, he and the Balbayis Asset Consulting/Hal's Speedshop NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle team celebrated with lobster combos. But Tom went out early on raceday in St. Louis-round 1...

Bradford in the .30's

When Tom Bradford qualified number 1 in St. Louis, he and the Balbayis Asset Consulting/Hal's Speedshop NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle team celebrated with lobster combos. But Tom went out early on raceday in St. Louis-round 1 early. "We're staying away from lobster this time," said Bradford, who remained qualified second behind screamin' Chip Ellis at the Mopar Mile-High Nationals in Denver. "It didn't suit me very well last time with a first round exit, so we're doing the Texas Roadhouse scene this time."

qualifying round 3
2nd Tom Bradford right lane 7.399 at 180.55 mph

Tom became only the second Pro Stock Motorcycle rider in the 7.30's at Denver with a sweet pass in round 3. "We were real pleased with that .39," said Bradford. "We weren't even really trying to pick up, we were just trying to maintain."

qualifying round 4
2nd Tom Bradford left lane 7.415 at 180.43 mph

The team slipped slightly in the last round. "We were being greedy. We thought 'If we can do this, we should certainly try and do this.' We made a gearing change, nothing too aggressive. We anticipated the weather would be at its worst, but right at the end a cloud cover came over and dropped the temperature. But we still only lost a hundredth and a half. In previous years, a hundredth wasn't all that big of a deal. But now you'd practically give a finger for a hundredth.

"I had a great day today. We're very, very happy. We feel like we've got some consistent tuning, and this seems like this is our biggest tuning challenge of the year. We're feeling good about tomorrow.

"I want to say 'get well' to John Hammock, who was injured in pit accident tonight."

-th

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Series NHRA
Drivers Chip Ellis , Tom Bradford