Chicago Etchells Racing Post Qualifying Pit Note

When Whit Bazemore rolled to the line for the third qualifying session at the Prestone Route 66 Nationals, he faced the additional pressure of knowing that his best effort from the day before was no longer quick enough to be among the top sixteen.

When Whit Bazemore rolled to the line for the third qualifying session at the Prestone Route 66 Nationals, he faced the additional pressure of knowing that his best effort from the day before was no longer quick enough to be among the top sixteen. However, this concern was quickly erased when the Kendall Motor Oil/Matco Tools Camaro Z28 covered the Route 66 Raceway quarter-mile in 4.991 seconds, with a top speed of 306.60 mph. This placed the Etchells Racing entry 12th on Sunday's final eliminations ladder, and set-up a first-round encounter with fifth qualifier Dean Skuza.

"Our run this morning felt good and safe. Since we were not in the show at that point, we had to be pretty conservative with the set-up. It felt like it had a lot left in it, something the computer confirmed. I'm not sure what happened tonight. Some of the big numbers run by some of our competitors shows the track is there - we may just have been too aggressive.

"Certainly qualifying 12th is not what anyone on this Kendall/Matco Camaro Racing Team expected coming into Chicago. We have a tough opponent tomorrow in Dean Skuza, so we'll need to be on top of our game if we expect to go rounds. Everyone here knows what we have to do. There's no room for error. We'll have to be right on the tune-up, and I have to do my job as the driver. It will be a tough task to get by Skuza. If we do that, we'll see what happens the rest of the day. But for now our focus is squarely on the first round."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Dean Skuza , Whit Bazemore