Sonoma: Martino final qualifying notes

Tom Martino rebounded from a tough Friday night qualifying session to record two of the quickest passes during Saturday's time trials of the Fram Autolite NHRA Nationals. After struggling to get down the track on Friday night, Martino found...

Tom Martino rebounded from a tough Friday night qualifying session to record two of the quickest passes during Saturday's time trials of the Fram Autolite NHRA Nationals. After struggling to get down the track on Friday night, Martino found himself outside of the top sixteen necessary to qualify. On his third attempt on Saturday morning, Martino made what turned out to be his quickest pass at 6.928 seconds with a top speed of 199.43 mph. This gained the CENTURY 21 Pro Stock Grand Am the 11th starting spot in Sunday's final eliminations.

The Farmingdale, NJ native then backed up this effort with another strong run in the heat of the day in the fourth and final qualifying session, with his 6.964-second pass being the sixth quickest among the twenty-four Pro Stock cars making runs.

"We though we found something earlier in the week, and even though we missed the nighttime qualifying run, we felt we could still get ourselves in the show today. Fortunately, we were able to make two good runs today, which not only put us in the field, but also gave us a pretty good set-up for race day. We know we won't have lane choice for the first round, but I still think this CENTURY 21 Grand Am has a good chance to make some noise tomorrow."

-mr

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