Englishtown Tom Martino Saturday notes

The combination of unseasonably cool temperatures and an exceptional grippy racetrack produced the quickest field in the history of the Pro Stock division, with Kurt Johnson's 6.880-second effort anchoring the field. Tom Martino did his part by ...

Englishtown Tom Martino Saturday notes

The combination of unseasonably cool temperatures and an exceptional grippy racetrack produced the quickest field in the history of the Pro Stock division, with Kurt Johnson's 6.880-second effort anchoring the field. Tom Martino did his part by making two solid runs, with his best pass of 6.860-seconds earning the Century 21 Pro Stock Firebird the 9th starting position for Sunday's final eliminations of the Matco Tools Spring Supernationals. In addition, Martino's top speed of 200.92 mph was among the fastest of the eighteen 200-mph runs recorded.

Martino's pursuit of a hometown victory will start in the first round against long-time rival Jim Yates, whom Martino defeated in their most recent encounter in Atlanta tow weeks ago. Although Yates will be able to choose his lane by virtue of being one-thousandth of a second quicker in qualifying, Martino remains optimistic about his chances for Sunday. "This morning we burned the clutch out of it, so we had to put in a completely different unit in the car. When we did that, we changed the style of clutch we were using, so tonight's set-up was our best guess. Even though it was a little light, we still ran 6.86 at over 200 mph on an okay run.

"Although we're never sure how the track will be after the fuel cars run on it, lane choice should not be a deciding factor. One lane might be a little better, but if we do our job, we can win from the bad lane. We'll take the information from tonight's run and fine-tune it. Trust me - the Century 21 Firebird will be fast tomorrow."

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