Bristol: Whit Bazemore preview

The Bazemore Bulletin The pre-race release of 20-time NHRA winner Whit Bazemore and the Matco Tools Iron Eagle Top Fuel team "We like going to Bristol. We like the track a lot. We're excited to be going back there. I'm glad we do get the chance...

The Bazemore Bulletin
The pre-race release of 20-time NHRA winner Whit Bazemore and the Matco Tools Iron Eagle Top Fuel team

"We like going to Bristol. We like the track a lot. We're excited to be going back there. I'm glad we do get the chance to race. It's a tremendous facility and we have done well there. We're fired up about it. We want to continue our momentum and keep chipping away at the points."

Bazemore Bristol Notebook

Bazemore used a get-healthy weekend in Norwalk, Ohio to rejuvenate the Matco Tools Top Fuel team. He qualified 10th with a 4.607-second E.T. and advanced to the semifinals for the second time this season.

On the strength of his semifinal effort last weekend in Norwalk, Bazemore jumped to ninth place in the Top Fuel standings. He trails eighth-place driver Melanie Troxel by just seven points and is just 21 points from sixth place.

Last April, Bazemore qualified his Matco Tools Funny Car second at Bristol Dragway with a run of 4.763 seconds 327.03 at mph. He advanced to the semifinals before falling to 13-time NHRA champion John Force.

In late March, Bazemore became the 15th driver in NHRA history to earn poles in both Top Fuel and Funny Car. He has 30 career pole awards, 21 of them coming with Lee Beard as crew chief. Bazemore has an average starting position of 7.54 this season. He and Beard have combined to win 12 races together.

Bazemore has clocked Low E.T. of the Meet honors 25 times and earned the Top Speed of the Meet award 22 times in his career, including last season at Bristol in Funny Car (327.03 mph).

Baze Banters About Bristol...

Bristol: "Hilljacks"

Bristol Dragway: "The best"

Favorite local restaurant: "There's a really good Asian restaurant in Johnson City next to Barnes & Noble."

Favorite Bristol Dragway racing memory: "Winning the race in '02"

Favorite activity while at Bristol: "We leave the track and get lost. There's good cycling there. The roads are quiet, it's hilly and there's no traffic."

-credit: dpm

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Series NHRA
Drivers Whit Bazemore , John Force , Melanie Troxel