Seattle: Tom Hammonds Friday summary

Hammonds' learning curve continues in Seattle. One week after struggling to find horsepower in the heat and thin air in Denver, the Pro Stock contingent was greeted by more suitable racing conditions during the first day of qualifying for the ...

Hammonds' learning curve continues in Seattle.

One week after struggling to find horsepower in the heat and thin air in Denver, the Pro Stock contingent was greeted by more suitable racing conditions during the first day of qualifying for the Lucas Oil Northwest Nationals. The sea level altitude and cooler temperatures at Pacific Raceways translated into the top twenty qualifiers running nearly one half of a second quicker than the No. 1 qualifier in Denver.

After an opening run that saw him fight to maintain control and eventually shut off early, Winnebago/GM Vehicle Care Cavalier driver Tom Hammonds came back to post a 6.892-second elapsed time with a top speed of 199.94 mph. Unfortunately, this fell shy of making Sunday's field, and left the Crestview, FL native looking towards one of Saturday's two attempts to put himself in the show.

"After being all over the racetrack on our first run, the Winnebago/GM Vehicle Care Cavalier came back to make a pretty straight pass in the evening session. Unfortunately, it really hit the wheelie bars at the starting line, and carried the nose for longer than we would have liked. It not only slowed us in the first sixty feet, but also affected the entire run.

"We've studied the data, compared it to runs we've made at other tracks under similar conditions, and come up with a plan. We'll make some changes to the car tonight so we'll be ready for tomorrow morning's session. Fortunately, the conditions should be pretty close to what we had today, so the opportunity will be there. It's just up to us to make sure and take advantage of it."

-thr-

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