While many of the Professional competitors have their sights set on the Countdown to 1 and the de facto six-race playoffs that will crown this year's champions, I am already looking ahead to next season with the goal of getting a jump-start on 2010. When I retired from basketball, I was still drag racing as a hobby, and that's what really hurt me.
On the Run with Tom Hammonds driver of the Race for Achievement ’09 Cobalt Pro Stocker I t’s been a little more than four months since I drove at a national event, at the O’Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals in Madison, but now, by the time you read this, I will have returned to competition at the NHRA Carolinas Nationals at zMax Dragway. While many of the Professional competitors have their sights set on the Countdown to 1 and the de facto six-race playoffs that will crown this year’s champions, I am already looking ahead to next season with the goal of getting a jump-start on 2010. Before the Charlotte race, we were able to take the race rig over to Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C., and spend the day with the United States Marine Corps. The Marine Corps has been an associate partner on my Chevy Cobalt throughout most of the 2009 campaign. They have been a tremendous supporter of mine this year, so this was a great chance to visit Camp Lejeune, display our race car, sign some autographs, and just spend the entire day with the United States Marines. We were able to visit some of our wounded soldiers there and let them know how much we appreciate what they’ve done for our country. “This is a lot of fun: driving the car, facing the competition, and going up against the best racers in the world.” It was a difficult decision to park the race team following the Madison event, especially considering the fact that we qualified at six of the first seven races on the tour. I thought we had momentum, and I felt good with the team that we had both at the track and the shop. Unfortunately, I needed to devote more time to finding additional fundin
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