Brainerd: Whit Bazemore Saturday summary

BAZEMORE POSTS THREE STRONG RUNS, QUALIFIES NO. 9 IN BRAINERD BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 13, 2005) - Whit Bazemore put together three strong qualifying runs in two days for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, Minn., collecting the No. 9 spot in...

BAZEMORE POSTS THREE STRONG RUNS, QUALIFIES NO. 9 IN BRAINERD

BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 13, 2005) - Whit Bazemore put together three strong qualifying runs in two days for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, Minn., collecting the No. 9 spot in the Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Stratus R/T Funny Car, with an elapsed time of 4.799 seconds at 323.43 mph, set in today's third qualifying round.

He also accomplished his goal of out-qualifying Robert Hight to collect valuable points towards the Skoal Showdown and stays in eight place in the standings for this Funny Car bonus race held at the U.S. Nationals on Labor Day. Only the top eight drivers (points are based on qualifying results) compete for the $100,000 prize.

"It's good," said Bazemore, who also posted a 7.172/117.17, a 4.887/312.35 and a 4.821/323.35. "One important thing coming into this race was to qualify ahead of Robert Hight and we did that. That was a goal that we met."

"This afternoon we wanted to run a little harder than we did. At the end of the day it's important that we go down the race track consistently, and (co-crew chiefs) Dan (Olson) and Todd (Okuhara) and the Matco Tools guys have done that. They have given me a car that goes down the race track."

"You have to go down the race track to win the race and we saw some guys in the final session try to run a lot quicker and they didn't make it down the tack. We're very comfortable and able to read the data that the car's given us. We're going into tomorrow with absolutely a lot of confidence."

Bazemore will meet No. 8 qualifier Tony Pedregon in first round of eliminations on Sunday.

-dsr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Pedregon , Whit Bazemore , Robert Hight