[Tom Martino's first round win over Mark Pawuk in Dallas last weekend tied for the quickest side by side Pro Stock elimination race in the history of the NHRA, and, as far as we have been able to find, was the first Pro Stock elimination pass...
[Tom Martino's first round win over Mark Pawuk in Dallas last weekend tied for the quickest side by side Pro Stock elimination race in the history of the NHRA, and, as far as we have been able to find, was the first Pro Stock elimination pass where both competitors topped 200 mph.]
Parsippany, New Jersey, October 26, 1999 - This Sunday, people of all ages will be dressing up in brightly colored costumes to celebrate Halloween. While adults will mostly confine their revelry to parties in clubs or friends' homes, children across the country will continue the long-standing tradition of marching from door-to-door in their respective neighborhoods, trick-or-treating and filling their bags with candy. Meanwhile, Tom Martino will also be donning special apparel, but his goal will not be to gather sweets or collect a prize for the best disguise. His attire will be a protective driver's firesuit and helmet, the treats he will seek are win lights, and the only party he'll care to attend will be with his CENTURY 21 Pro Stock Firebird Racing team as they celebrate winning this weekend's NHRA Matco Tools SuperNationals presented by Racing Champions at Houston Raceway Park.
"At times this year, our performance has been pretty scary," stated Martino. "But I feel confident that we have turned things around. In fact, the entire CENTURY 21 Firebird Racing team is ready to have a monster weekend in Houston."
A quick review reveals that Martino seems to have all the ingredients necessary for success. Throughout his career, Martino has done well at the Baytown, Texas facility, including scoring his first national event win at the spring race here in 1997. One year ago, Martino defeated an all-star cast, including current and former champions Warren Johnson and Jim Yates en route to a final round-appearance. As he returns for this year's contest, he is once again at the wheel of a Don Ness-built Firebird which has flexed its muscles in recent weeks, propelling the Farmingdale, New Jersey native to the quickest and fastest runs of his career. With final eliminations set for Halloween, Martino and crew not only hope to spook the competition, but to grab their biggest treat of the year.
"The entire team is determined to put our CENTURY 21 Firebird in the winner's circle this year," explained Martino. "Even though we only have two chances left, we remain confident. As the record shows, we have always run well in Houston. In addition, our car has really come around. We're coming off a strong and consistent performance last week, which puts us in a great position to get the job done this weekend. The only Halloween treat we want in our goody bag is the winner's trophy."
MARTINO MOMENTS: As part of the week-long CENTURY 21 "Drive It Home" Sweepstakes Tour, Tom Martino will be making a personal appearance at the Greenspoint Mall, 208 Greenspoint Mall Road, Houston, Texas on Thursday, October 28 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Martino will be on hand to sign autographs and to watch as one lucky entrant will be awarded the two-year lease of a new Pontiac Firebird. For directions, please call (972) 724-4900.....This will be Tom's seventh Pro Stock appearance at Houston Raceway Park, where he looks to duplicate his 1997 win from the spring event here.