Englishtown: Tom Hammonds final qualifying summary

The perfect combination eludes Hammonds in Englishtown. Weather once again played a major role in qualifying at an NHRA event. After showers on Friday had washed out the Friday night session, persistent rain delayed Saturday's activities.

The perfect combination eludes Hammonds in Englishtown.

Weather once again played a major role in qualifying at an NHRA event. After showers on Friday had washed out the Friday night session, persistent rain delayed Saturday's activities. However, the precipitation was pushed out of the area by a cold front, which dropped the temperatures and produced ideal conditions for the normally aspirated Pro Stock division. As a result, the conclusion of qualifying produced the quickest field in the history of the "factory hot rods".

After posting a 6.918-second, 200.35 mph effort on his first attempt, Tom Hammonds and his Winnebago/GM Vehicle Care Racing Team looked to make the necessary adjustments to their Cavalier to take advantage of the lightning-fast conditions. Unfortunately, in each of Saturday's two sessions, Hammonds found himself fighting to maintain control of his race car, which forced him to abort the runs. Therefore, the Crestview, Fla., native will be a most reluctant spectator during Sunday's final eliminations.

"It's another disappointing weekend. We're still trying to figure out our Winnebago /GM Vehicle Care Cavalier. Over the last few races it has become an absolute handful to drive, which was totally unlike how it was at the start of the season.

"In the past, if it spun the tires and got out of the groove, I could always correct it, and get down the track. But it doesn't act that way now. Of course, it also didn't help on our last run to have our rpm limiter set to leave the starting line at 6200 rpm, and then it malfunctions and we leave at 5200.

"I know I haven't forgotten how to drive, so we'll just have to look a little further at our race car to get rid of the gremlins. We definitely plan on testing before next week's race in Topeka, and we're hoping to come back and make a good showing there."

-thr-

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