Millington: Doug Hammonds Friday summary

Hammonds sits 15th at Memphis qualifying midpoint. For the second time in a week, rain affected an NHRA national event, as torrential downpours flooded Memphis Motorsports Park on Friday, and delayed the start of qualifying for the O'Reilly ...

Hammonds sits 15th at Memphis qualifying midpoint.

For the second time in a week, rain affected an NHRA national event, as torrential downpours flooded Memphis Motorsports Park on Friday, and delayed the start of qualifying for the O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals. However, after an extraordinary effort by the NHRA's "Safety Safari", drying efforts were completed and the professional categories were able to complete one full session.

Tom Hammonds took advantage of the single attempt to record an elapsed time of 6.926 seconds with a top speed of 199.49 mph, good enough to place the Winnebago/GM Vehicle Care Cavalier in the fifteenth position heading into Saturday's twin sessions.

"Overall, I think it was good start. Today was a pretty crazy day, starting with weather that was better suited for boating, and ending with one qualifying session. I honestly didn't think we'd get a chance to run, but the NHRA and the Safety Safari did a great job of preparing the track.

"We were pretty conservative with our set-up tonight, because we wanted to make sure and get down the track. For the conditions, I'm pretty happy with our Winnebago/GM Vehicle Care Cavalier's performance, especially in the back half. We had made some changes based on our last run in Reading, and they were obviously a step in the right direction. I'm looking forward to making some more adjustments, getting a little more aggressive, and stepping up."

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