Houston Century 21 Racing Team Post-Race Notes

Martino Moments Final Results from the 3rd Annual Matco Tools SuperNationals Martino powers into the final at the Matco Tools SuperNationals Day/Date: Sunday, October 31, 1999 Location: Houston Raceway Park Baytown, Texas Tom Martino...

Martino Moments Final Results from the 3rd Annual Matco Tools SuperNationals

Martino powers into the final at the Matco Tools SuperNationals

Day/Date: Sunday, October 31, 1999 Location: Houston Raceway Park Baytown, Texas

Tom Martino advanced to the final round of today's Matco Tools SuperNationals on the strength of three outstanding runs over some of the division's top drivers.. After defeating Allen Johnson with the quickest elapsed time of the first round, the CENTURY 21( Pro Stock Firebird pilot outran 1999 Pro Stock Champion Warren Johnson and defeated number three points man Jeg Coughlin Jr. on a hole-shot pass in which he tied his career best e.t..

This propelled Martino into his second final of the year (and ninth of his career) against veteran Rickie Smith. Despite making his fourth consecutive 6.8-second run, and outrunning his opponent by three hundredths of a second, it was not enough for Martino to overcome the head start gained by Smith at the start. It was not for lack of effort on Martino's part, for he never lifted over the throttle when his car became very loose down track, requiring Martino to summon all his driving skills to keep the car headed in the right direction.

"I have no excuses - it was simply a case of driver error. When you out run someone in the finals by three hundredths and don't win, you haven't done your job. I tried to chase him down, but ran out of room. Besides, it got very loose at the top end, and I came as closing to crashing as I could without actually hitting something. I have no idea why it did that, because we had made an awesome run against Jeggie in the semis in that same lane.

"It's hard not to leave here with the winner's trophy, but anytime you can reach the final round, especially when you've eliminated drivers of the caliber of Warren Johnson and Jeg Coughlin, you've had a good weekend. The good news is that we seemed to have turned the corner, and with every race we keep improving. Hopefully we can complete the picture in Pomona."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Warren Johnson , Tom Martino , Allen Johnson , Rickie Smith