Tom Martino Englishtown Update

Persistent rain showers postponed Sunday's final eliminations of the Matco Tools Spring Supernationals. Due to scheduling conflicts, completion of the event has been rescheduled for September 8th and 9th. Although the Century 21 Pro...

Persistent rain showers postponed Sunday's final eliminations of the Matco Tools Spring Supernationals. Due to scheduling conflicts, completion of the event has been rescheduled for September 8th and 9th. Although the Century 21 Pro Stock Firebird Racing Team is assured of their ninth starting position when the series returns, Tom Martino expressed some regret that the "factory hot rods" were unable to race after the NHRA decided earlier in the day that track conditions would not allow the Top Fuel and Funny Car classes to compete safely. "I think it's very unfortunate for the NHRA, the fans and the competitors that it rained throughout the weekend. Obviously, the weather is something that is out of everyone's control. We were just dealt a bad set of cards, because the weather has been gorgeous here of late. I give everyone credit for sticking with it and trying to get the race in. I'd hate to see the bill for the jet fuel they used trying to keep the track dry.

"However, as far as I was concerned the track concerns voiced by the fuel cars were not an issue. I don't pretend to know how to make one run, but I simply can't fathom not wanting to race because the track was too good. But in the end, the rain made it a non-issue.

"Although I believe we should not put a show on without the fuelers, I think the NHRA would have been surprised by how good of a show the Pro Stock classes would have put on, and how many fans would have stayed to watch us run. Having said that, we are really looking forward to coming home in September and trying to win one at home."

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