Hammonds powers to 8th starting spot in Memphis. Racers returning to Memphis Motorsports Park for the second day of qualifying at the O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals were greeted by clear skies, which were a welcome relief after Friday's activities...
Hammonds powers to 8th starting spot in Memphis.
Racers returning to Memphis Motorsports Park for the second day of qualifying at the O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals were greeted by clear skies, which were a welcome relief after Friday's activities were abbreviated by heavy rain. With their first session scheduled in the middle of Saturday morning, the carbureted Pro Stock class was expected to deliver their quickest times of the three qualifying rounds, and they did not disappoint.
After opening with a 6.928-second effort in Friday's single run, Tom Hammonds knew he would need to improve in order to guarantee that his Winnebago/GM Vehicle Care Cavalier would race on Sunday. Responding to the challenge, Hammonds scorched the Memphis quarter-mile in 6.859 seconds, with a top speed of 199.32 mph, earning the Crestview, Fla. native the eighth position on the final eliminations ladder. Although increased temperatures in the final session prevented any changes in the top half of the sixteen-car field, Hammonds' 6.879-second pass showed he would be ready for tomorrow's event.
"Our performance this weekend validates our findings from the last run in Reading, and shows the progress we are making in our learning process. Using information gathered last week, we were able to perform consistently here in Memphis, and run the way we know we're capable of.
"We made two good runs today. The first this morning got us in the show, and our second run this afternoon gave us some great data for tomorrow. We were the third quickest in the right hand lane on a run in the heat where we could have been more aggressive. If we encounter those same conditions tomorrow, we'll have something to tune from and we'll be fast.
"It will be great to race on Sunday. I owe a lot to my sponsors, Winnebago, Chevrolet, GM Vehicle Care, Kendall Motor Oil, Mac Tools and American Racing Wheels for sticking with us through this learning year. They are the best.
"I also really have to commend my crew, Eric Luzinski, Brian Morris and Charles Hughes. They've done a great job of keeping their heads up and working hard. I'd also like to thank Jimmy Oliver, Tom Roberts, Boone Roberts, Ron Krisher and everyone at KRJ Engines for consistently giving us great horsepower.
"We've accomplished our first goal for this weekend by qualifying. Now we'll focus on eliminations. Hopefully we can go out tomorrow and have some fun with our Winnebago/GM Vehicle Care Cavalier."