O'Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals
Points ranking, spot in field important to Hammonds
"Getting points to move up in ranking is important,"
In last week's race, Hammonds qualified for elimination Sunday in last place, which automatically set him up to run against the first place spot who happened to be three-time Pro Stock world champion Greg Anderson. Racing against
"We were able to do some test runs to work on techniques and do some different things to the engine to get the car to the 330 (foot marker) quicker. We have to apply what we have learned, qualify higher, and come up with a win."
The Cobalt proves to have a good a baseline. Because of this, he must be on top of his shift points to ensure he advances with ease through the qualifying rounds. He believes running in back-to back races allows him to keep his competitive edge. Having run this track a number of years, this weekend's race is early in the schedule, which he also considers a factor in having a competitive edge.
"As a competitor, I believe that we can win the series as we continue to improve, but it will be very tough to do this year. I do believe that we have a good chance to win a race this year," he said.
Racing since the age of 16,
Drafted ninth overall in the 1989 NBA draft,
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