Joliet: Martino powers to 6th in Joliet qualifying

Cooler temperatures in Joliet provided near perfect conditions for the naturally aspirated Pro Stock race cars, and competitors were forced to keep up with the constantly quicker runs of their rivals. Tom Martino and the CENTURY 21 Racing Team ...

Cooler temperatures in Joliet provided near perfect conditions for the naturally aspirated Pro Stock race cars, and competitors were forced to keep up with the constantly quicker runs of their rivals. Tom Martino and the CENTURY 21 Racing Team proved up to the challenge, as their performance improved with every pass. Martino's final attempt on Saturday afternoon produced the best run of his four attempts, with his 6.857-second elapsed time placing the Farmingdale, NJ native 6th on Sunday's final eliminations ladder. This effort was Martino's best time trial performance since last year's Sonoma race, when he placed 5th.

This race marks Martino's first in a new chassis which he decided to use after watching friend and fellow competitor John Nobile use it to perform so well as a teammate to the primary CENTURY 21 vehicle a week ago in Topeka.

"John did us a real favor by shaking this car down in Topeka. His performance there made our decision for this weekend fairly easy. I'm also really pleased with how the car responded to the adjustments we made here at Route 66 Raceway. Even though the conditions were favorable for our cars, we had little time in which to find the proper set-up to take advantage of them. Fortunately, we were able to make some good runs and place ourselves near the top of the qualifying sheet.

"After some of our struggles, it feels really good to get CENTURY 21 Grand Am back in the top half of the field. However, our work here is only half done. Our focus now turns to eliminations, and this team really needs to go some rounds on Sunday. Our plan is to not make any drastic changes and to go out and continue making solid runs. If we all do our jobs, we could have a really good day tomorrow."

-CRT

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Series NHRA
Drivers John Nobile , Tom Martino