Baytown: Whit Bazemore Saturday summary

BAZEMORE TOUGHS IT OUT IN HOUSTON; QUALIFIES 12TH BAYTOWN, Texas (April 9, 2005) - Whit Bazemore, driving the Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Stratus Funny Car, was at the top of the list after first round of qualifying, posting a No. 1-qualifying...

BAZEMORE TOUGHS IT OUT IN HOUSTON; QUALIFIES 12TH

BAYTOWN, Texas (April 9, 2005) - Whit Bazemore, driving the Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Stratus Funny Car, was at the top of the list after first round of qualifying, posting a No. 1-qualifying 4.899-second ET at 309.13 mph, then struggled in the next three rounds to get down the track, ending up qualified in the No. 12 spot, based on that run.

"We've struggled this weekend, there's no question," said the Funny Car points leader and winner of the previous event in Gainesville, Fla. "This shows you how fickle this sport can be when, on the first day, the first run, we had low ET of the first round. We were kind of on a high. We knew it didn't mean that much, but it's still to good to have low ET of any round.

"We just have a problem with the car. It's not responding at all to Lee's (crew chief Beard) input, so we're going into Sunday as a big underdog, not only to our teammate (he faces Gary Scelzi in the first round), but to most people in the field.

"That's OK. It's still anybody's game. We've got a great team over here and Lee's a great tuner. The car just isn't responding. Sometimes in this situation you can be one run away and you find your problems and you come out and you look like you never even struggled.

"I'm still extremely confident and I kind of relish the situation where we can go out as a team that and no one really has any expectations for us here and maybe surprise some people, like we did in Gainesville."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Whit Bazemore , Gary Scelzi