Gainesville: Tompkins Motorsports Friday qualifying

Session 1: 7.799 seconds @ 171.31 mph Session 2: No Time - - Broke Gainesville, Fla. - - The Mac Tools Gatornationals marks the first race of the 2001 NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series for Sam Tompkins, from Atlanta, owner and driver of the...

Session 1: 7.799 seconds @ 171.31 mph
Session 2: No Time - - Broke

Gainesville, Fla. - - The Mac Tools Gatornationals marks the first race of the 2001 NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series for Sam Tompkins, from Atlanta, owner and driver of the Tompkins Motorsports Chevy S-10 Pro Stock Truck. Under humid conditions, Tompkins, the third pair out, guided his truck down the Gainesville Raceway quarter-mile in 7.799 seconds at 171.31 mph, good for 20th position after the first session.

In the second session, Tompkins fell victim to the mechanical gremlins during the burnout. As a result he recorded no time for that session. Tompkins finished the day in the 32nd spot.

"The first run we think we got the clutch a little to hot," said Tompkins. "We then changed clutches between rounds and had a fluke thing happen during the second round. A screw came loose during the burnout. This caused the ignition box to cut out when the truck launched at the start. We then had to abort the run. Tonight we will take care of all the loose ends. We'll use the same set up as today. I think we'll be okay."

Two qualifying sessions are scheduled for tomorrow - - 11 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.

-TM

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