Las Vegas II: Martino final qualifying report

Martino Moments Final qualifying results from the AC Delco NHRA Nationals Martino slots 8th in Las Vegas Date: Saturday, October 27, 2001 Location: The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV On the strength of a 6.979-second,...

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Final qualifying results from the AC Delco NHRA Nationals

Martino slots 8th in Las Vegas

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2001
Location: The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV

On the strength of a 6.979-second, 197.19 mph run made on Friday night, Tom Martino qualified his CENTURY 21 Grand Am 8th for Sunday's running of the AC Delco NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas, Nevada. Martino used Saturday's twin time trials to work on his race car's set-up, trying to find the best combination for race day. Martino's first round opponent will be No. 9 qualifier Kurt Johnson.

"We've been trying to get our CENTURY 21 Grand Am to leave the starting line more smoothly. Unfortunately, the changes we made for today's two runs did not produce the results we were looking for. However, I believe we know what we need to do for tomorrow. We've been working around the gear ratio we have in the car, but it seems to want even more, so we'll change it for the first round.

"Facing Kurt in the first round, we'll have to be on our game right away. Although I'm happy to have lane choice, after seeing so many cars make strong runs in the right lane during the last session today, I'm not sure how much of an advantage it is. Kurt's a good friend, but I'm not about to take it easy on him."

-MM-

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