Seattle: Tom Hammonds Saturday summary

Hammonds runs out of time in Seattle. The lightning-fast conditions teams encountered in Seattle on Friday extended into the opening qualifying session on Saturday morning, as overcast skies and cool temperatures prevailed. As a result, most of...

Hammonds runs out of time in Seattle.

The lightning-fast conditions teams encountered in Seattle on Friday extended into the opening qualifying session on Saturday morning, as overcast skies and cool temperatures prevailed. As a result, most of the Pro Stock contingent recorded their quickest passes of the weekend, producing major changes in the Lucas Oil Northwest Nationals starting line-up.

Tom Hammonds was among those bettering his time, as he powered his Winnebago/GM Vehicle Care Cavalier down the Pacific Raceways quarter-mile in 6.873 seconds with a top speed of 200.17 mph. Although this represented an improvement of two hundredths of a second over his previous best, it was not enough to earn a spot in Sunday's final eliminations, and when bright sunshine and higher temperatures precluded any improvement in the afternoon, Hammonds' weekend came to an abrupt end.

"This has been a very tough weekend. We were fast in St. Louis, but since then we've struggled to get up to speed. To be honest, we're stumped as to the source of our problem. In the last two races, we just haven't been able to run the way we're capable of, especially in the back half.

"I'm very disappointed, because we expected to be much better here in Seattle than we showed. Fortunately, we'll be able to go to Woodburn in the early part of the week to do some testing, so we can get our Winnebago/GM Vehicle Care Cavalier straightened out and have a combination that will work next weekend in Sonoma.

"We're not going to rule anything out. We plan to go over every piece of our race car and see what we can find. It's a lot of work to do in a very short time, but I know we'll be up to the challenge."

-thr-

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