St. Louis: Tom Hammonds preview

TEAM HAMMONDS HOPEFUL TO QUALIFY & SHARES NATIONAL SCHOOL PROGRAM (HOLT, Fla., May 1, 2008) - - New race brings about new horizons for Team Hammonds as they are hopeful going into competition this weekend at the O'Reilly NHRA Midwest ...

TEAM HAMMONDS HOPEFUL TO QUALIFY & SHARES NATIONAL SCHOOL PROGRAM

(HOLT, Fla., May 1, 2008) - - New race brings about new horizons for Team Hammonds as they are hopeful going into competition this weekend at the O'Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals in Madison, Ill.

After the disappointing showing in Atlanta, the team stayed over to test in hopes of working out their mechanical problems. Optimistic after testing, the team will concentrate on their goal of qualifying consistently.

"This is a tough sport, and we have to continue working towards qualifying consistently," says Tom Hammonds, driver/owner of the number 20 Chevy Cobalt.

To start the weekend of competition, Team Hammonds partnered with Bartelso Elementary School in Bartelso, Ill. for their Tom Hammonds Race for Achievement program. Bartelso Elementary has 165 students in grades K-8. The classroom grades promote the latest educational trends such as problem solving techniques, engaged learning, and 'hands on' activities for its students. The school is equipped with an excellent technology lab that incorporates objectives and goals that are also implemented within each grade level.

Tom Hammonds Race for Achievement allows Hammonds to interact with students through message. The Bartelso Elementary School students will participate in an assembly where he will speak about the importance of education, sportsmanship, and leadership.

During the assembly, Hammonds and Bartelso Elementary School was presented with a proclamation declaring it "Tom Hammonds Race for Achievement Day" in the city of Bartelso, Ill. Fifty students meeting set criteria was chosen to receive two tickets to Friday's O'Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals race at the Gateway International Raceway.

One student out of the 50 was chosen to serve as an honorary crew member at the race. Per the teachers' and administration's recommendation, these 50 students' participation is based on maintaining a "B" average, good behavior, and no suspensions and/or unexcused absences.

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