Bazemore on Receiving End of Payback in First Round HOUSTON, Texas (April 18, 2004) - No. 11 qualifier Whit Bazemore was presented with another opportunity to move up in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Funny Car point standings today in the...
Bazemore on Receiving End of Payback in First Round
HOUSTON, Texas (April 18, 2004) - No. 11 qualifier Whit Bazemore was presented with another opportunity to move up in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Funny Car point standings today in the first round against points leader Del Worsham. Unfortunately, he was unable to match the results of their last meeting in Las Vegas, where he defeated Worsham in the first round, advanced to the final and leapfrogged from eighth into fourth in points.
Instead, in today's initial round of eliminations against Worsham at the O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals, after launching first with a .022 advantage, Bazemore's Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Stratus lost traction early on, recovered, then smoked the tires again, crossing the finish line with a losing 6.606-second elapsed time at 139.34 mph. Worsham's run was virtually trouble-free for a winning 4/881/306.40.
"The car spun the tire leaving but then it hooked up and it was fine," said Bazemore. "Del was ahead when it blew off the tires again. We just got beat, because they did a good job.
"We knew it was tough and you just have to go out and do the best you can and we came up short today. We've got a great team and we'll have a better time of it next week in Bristol (the O'Reilly Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 30-May 2)."
Lane choice was not an issue, he added, despite his having reservations as to the quality of the track's surface. "It seems that more people smoked their tires in the left lane, but some people ran awfully well over there too, so you can't blame the track in this case. You can't blame anything. Our car was just too aggressive right there and we smoked the tires."
Bazemore is now tied in sixth place in the Funny Car point standings with Phil Burkart and Eric Medlen, with 272 points.