Englishtown; Tom Martino performs well despite the rains

Friday's qualifying attempts for the Matco Tools Spring SuperNationals proved to be a test of the NHRA race teams' skill and patience. After waiting out heavy downpours and a lengthy track drying procedure, the first qualifying session started...

Friday's qualifying attempts for the Matco Tools Spring SuperNationals proved to be a test of the NHRA race teams' skill and patience. After waiting out heavy downpours and a lengthy track drying procedure, the first qualifying session started nearly an hour and a half late. Although a persistent mist made track conditions even more challenging than usual, the cooler temperatures that accompanied the weather front made conditions nearly ideal for the normally aspirated "doorslammers". However, with a cold track providing less-than-optimum traction, teams needed to have the proper set-up to take full advantage and record a quick time.

Hometown favorite Tom Martino did not disappoint his fans as he powered his Century 21 Pro Stock Firebird through the quarter-mile in 6.878 seconds with the second fastest speed at 200.92 miles-per-hour. This placed the Martino Racing entry fourth. The significance of their impressive effort was magnified after officials determined track conditions were unsuitable for racing and cancelled the evening time trials. With additional storms threatening Saturday's action, Martino knows he can relax and concentrate on his race day combination. "Considering the situation, we're very happy with the run. With so few cars going down the track ahead of us, we had to set ours up based on our knowledge of the track, while factoring in the colder temperatures. To go out and run a 6.87 under the conditions feels good. Ironically, I think we could have even done better. But the most important part is that the Century 21 Firebird is safely qualified. We'll take whatever runs we get tomorrow to fine-tune it for Sunday's eliminations. Best of all, I can go home tonight and relax with my family and not worry about having to get in the show. As the commercial says, that's priceless."

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