Madison: Tom Bradford Friday summary

Bradford 13th in St. Louis The NHRA schedules the St. Louis area O'Reilly Midwest Nationals in the evening in an attempt to avoid the heat and humidity of the Mississippi River valley, but it's still not run late enough for the Pro ...

Bradford 13th in St. Louis

The NHRA schedules the St. Louis area O'Reilly Midwest Nationals in the evening in an attempt to avoid the heat and humidity of the Mississippi River valley, but it's still not run late enough for the Pro Stock Motorcycles. "It's hot and miserable weather conditions," said Tom Bradford, rider of the Balbayis Asset Consulting/Hal's Speedshop Buell. "It's greasy out here!"

"In the first round the track temperature was over 120 degrees," reported Bradford. "We're just annihilating the tire, spinning it hard for 150 feet.

"I think everyone's chasing the tune-up, us more than some others. But we were the only bike that picked up in the second session. I think everybody got on top of their tune-up in Englishtown, and that tune-up will not work here. It's way too aggressive.

"We put in motor #18, the one that we blew up in our test session in Chicago. We took out #17, which served us well. We felt like the thing to do was put the fresh motor in. We ran top speed of the second session and I think it's got the horsepower in it, we just have to figure out how to use it. Jim Schneider and Rob Schopf have some ideas, so we'll see how it works out tomorrow.

"It's nice to be back in the top 10 in points," continued Tom, who is now 9th. "We're ecstatic about that. We'd like to get back on the top side of the ladder at this race. And I haven't had to pay the boys a reaction time penalty for the last two rounds, so I feel good about that!"

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