Las Vegas: Tom Hammonds preview

TEAM HAMMONDS HOPES TO WIN IN LAS VEGAS (HOLT, Fla., Apr. 2, 2009) -- Team Hammonds had a good showing at NHRA Spring Nationals in Houston, qualifying on the bump, only to red light, and was able to run a career best speed of 210. 18 mph. They...

TEAM HAMMONDS HOPES TO WIN IN LAS VEGAS

(HOLT, Fla., Apr. 2, 2009) -- Team Hammonds had a good showing at NHRA Spring Nationals in Houston, qualifying on the bump, only to red light, and was able to run a career best speed of 210. 18 mph. They are hoping these results are the makings for a great showing this weekend at the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas.

"We did well in Houston! Carrying over to Las Vegas, my crew has a good baseline there for the race, because we ran the Pro Stock Showdown in the preseason. So, I am looking forward to a good race," said Tom Hammonds, driver and owner of the No. 20 Race for Achievement Chevy Cobalt.

History shows that Team Hammonds' engines perform well in Las Vegas. Last year, Kenny Koretsky was able to qualify first on the pole running a engine from Ton Hammonds Enterprises, LLC, and in preseason competition this year, Team Hammonds made it to the semi-final round of eliminations at the Las Vegas Pro Stock Showdown. For the upcoming race, their concern is making sure set-ups are what they need to be to have a good showing.

Crew Chief Tomi Laine says he has the data to support his set-up choices and is confident they will have a good showing. He knows that he the Race for Achievement Chevy Cobalt has the power to pull out a win. Laine is hopeful the weather will be good to compliment his choices.

"Our motors really like the altitude in Las Vegas," explains Laine, "and hopefully, weather permits, we will run good so that we can qualify in the top half to get lane choice." He goes on to say he will not make any major changes to the Race for Achievement car at this time, because there were major changes made in Houston, which he wants to use as his base and build upon.

For the first Las Vegas race of the NHRA season, in 2002, Team Hammonds made it to competition on elimination Sunday in fifth place and lost in the second round. They failed to qualify in 2007 and 2008.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tom Hammonds , Kenny Koretsky