Bradford goes -.003 red
Houston, Sunday: After his best NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle qualifying position ever (4th), Tom Bradford was looking to avenge his round 1 Gatornationals holeshot loss. But with lane choice against G.T. Tonglet in Houston, Bradford was just a hair too quick on the tree, lighting a -.003 red-light.
eliminations round 1
(W) G.T. Tonglet .036 7.168 at 187.65 mph
(L) Tom Bradford -.003 7.377 at 186.36
"What are you gonna do?" said Bradford, obviously personally disappointed but looking, professionally, towards the future. "It's frustrating, but that's drag racing. On to the next one we go.
"The thing about it is, there's so many positives and so many highs that it's hard to be bummed out. You gotta take the highs and the lows. Drag racing is a very humbling sport. You can go from the pinnacle to an ultimate low in a very short amount of time. But the reality, is I know we're out here doing a good job and it's gonna come around sometime.
"Hats off to Rob Schopf and Jim Schneider," continued Bradford. "We're definitely getting a handle on the bike and its all a testament to their ability. I know that this team is gonna find success soon. We're gonna get all the pieces aligned soon at one of these races and get it all to come out on top.
"We definitely understand the qualifying scenario, we've just got to get better at the race day scenario. We had a good tune-up but the redeye ended the whole thing. So we'll pick up our chins and focus on Atlanta."
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