TEAM HAMMONDS WILL NOT COMPETE ON LABOR DAY (INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 31, 2008) - - Day three of the NHRA MacTools U.S. Nationals at O'Reilly Raceway has Team Hammonds not making it to elimination competition on Labor Day after running in two ...
TEAM HAMMONDS WILL NOT COMPETE ON LABOR DAY
(INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 31, 2008) - - Day three of the NHRA MacTools U.S. Nationals at O'Reilly Raceway has Team Hammonds not making it to elimination competition on Labor Day after running in two qualifying session.
The first session of qualifying for the day, Team Hammonds registered an elapsed time of 6.705 seconds. Thought to be the best session for qualifying of the weekend because of weather conditions, Hammonds fell short of bumping into the qualified field by 16 thousandths of a second (6.689 seconds). The Chevy Cobalt did not have enough clutch initially to set the chassis, causing the clutch to slip before reaching the 60-foot mark of the track affecting the whole pass.
"The track was better than what we thought for the first session, and we did not have as much clutch in it as we needed. That's what really cost us during the first run," explains Hammonds, driver/owner No. 20 Chevy Cobalt. "I still believed we had a shot at getting into the show."
Hammonds knew they needed to make a good run under tough track conditions for the second qualifying session in order to compete on Labor Day. To compensate, the crew made adjustments to the clutch and transmission gear ratios for the run. Hammonds ran an e.t. of 6.723 seconds for the final run.
Throughout the weekend's competition, Hammonds maintained 21st place in the qualifying field. He credits his crew with doing an excellent job in improving the Chevy Cobalt's performance for each round.
"Obviously, we are disappointed that we did not get a chance to qualify for the MacTools U.S. Nationals finals. We can't be too disappointed with the way we performed. As a crew we did an excellent job. This is the first time in a long time I did not have to make all the calls myself. Our car made some tremendous strides, and we ran better overall."
"There are still some things we need to change on our Chevy Cobalt to make it run even faster, which I know we will do before we go to Charlotte. I am looking forward to it. A chance to get out there and qualify for the inaugural NHRA Carolinas Nationals event is outstanding."
Richie Stevens, driver of the No. 9 GXP, is running a THE engine for competition. He qualified in 10th place for tomorrow's Pro Stock NHRA MacTools U.S. Nationals title competition.