Reading: Martino Friday notes

The Pro Stock division continued to set a fast pace during the first day of qualifying for the rescheduled Pep Boys NHRA Nationals in Reading, Pennsylvania. Despite unseasonably warm temperatures and a midday qualifying session, the "factory hot...

The Pro Stock division continued to set a fast pace during the first day of qualifying for the rescheduled Pep Boys NHRA Nationals in Reading, Pennsylvania. Despite unseasonably warm temperatures and a midday qualifying session, the "factory hot rods" scorched Maple Grove Raceway in the opening time trial. Of thirty cars making attempts, only two failed to break into the six-second range, with several notable entries outside of the top sixteen midway through qualifying.

Fortunately for Farmingdale, NJ native Tom Martino and his CENTURY 21 Racing team, their opening 6.888-secong, 200.89 mph effort was among those with provisional spots in Sunday's field. However, sitting in 16thand final qualified position, Martino was fully aware that improvement would be mandatory during one of Saturday's final two attempts in order to guarantee his participation in final eliminations. It was a challenge Martino looked forward to, especially in light of the forecast calling for cooler temperatures on Saturday.

"Although we're currently in field, I'm disappointed that we have yet to make what I would call a good run. The car seems to be throwing us a curve. Tomorrow we plan to go in a different direction, hoping to get back on track as we were a week ago. At the very least, I'd like to move up the ladder about five or six spots and get off the bump, especially with so many good cars on the outside looking in.

"The weather is supposed to change tomorrow, and I believe that could work in our favor. The track will get better, which will bring it closer to us. If it does I believe our CENTURY 21 Grand Am will be better off."

-mr-

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