Phoenix: Tom Hammonds Saturday notes

TEAM HAMMONDS TWO-FOR-TWO IN QUALIFYING FOR ELIMINATION COMPETITION (PHOENIX, Feb. 21, 2009) -- A far cry from the start of last season, Team Hammonds is two-for-two in qualifying for elimination Sunday. Today they secured the 12 spot at the ...

TEAM HAMMONDS TWO-FOR-TWO IN QUALIFYING FOR ELIMINATION COMPETITION

(PHOENIX, Feb. 21, 2009) -- A far cry from the start of last season, Team Hammonds is two-for-two in qualifying for elimination Sunday. Today they secured the 12 spot at the Arizona NHRA Nationals going into tomorrow's competition.

Making two runs, Driver Tom Hammonds faced Johnny Gray (7.148 sec/154.81 mph) in the first qualifying round where he experienced transmission trouble causing him to abort the run, but still managing to register an elapsed time of 7.025 sec. at 157.06 mph. The second run, now experiencing clutch issues, allowed the team to somewhat recover recording an improved e.t. of 6.703 sec. at 206.80 mph against Larry Morgan (6.662 sec/206.73 mph).

Team Hammonds Crew Chief Tomi Laine says the team is not exactly performing as he had planned, but he is pleased they will be racing tomorrow. He explains, "For the third qualifying run, the track conditions were very fast. The transmission would not go into fifth gear; therefore, we had to abort the run. This last run we had some clutch issues, with both problems hurting us a little bit. We could not improve elapsed time the way we wanted today."

"Overall, we did get some data. So, we will go through the data, make chassis adjustments, move the balance of the car, and some other small adjustments to come up with the right combination for tomorrow." Laine feels if the No. 20 Chevy Cobalt can get down the track well they will have a chance to win a round, which is their major strategy for tomorrow. He feels with the proper adjustments the Chevy Cobalt is can be expected to have the speed it needs to perform well.

The e.t of 6.658 sec. at 207.59 recorded yesterday in qualifying round two allowed Team Hammonds to hold the 12th slot going into eliminations where Hammonds will face Jason Line (6.638 sec/ 208.71 mph) in the first round.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tom Hammonds , Johnny Gray , Jason Line