BAZEMORE UPSET IN FIRST ROUND IN OHIO HEBRON, Ohio (May 22, 2005) - It can never be said that any professional race car driver worth his salt takes winning for granted. That was certainly the case today in the first round of eliminations for the...
BAZEMORE UPSET IN FIRST ROUND IN OHIO
HEBRON, Ohio (May 22, 2005) - It can never be said that any professional race car driver worth his salt takes winning for granted. That was certainly the case today in the first round of eliminations for the NHRA Nationals at National Trail Raceway, where No. 1 qualifier Whit Bazemore, was upset by No. 16 qualifier and part-time racer Dale Creasy Jr.
After Bazemore's impressive run during qualifying, where he established a track record elapsed time of 4.762 seconds, Bazemore and the Lee Beard-tuned Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Stratus Funny Car team were hopeful for a return to the No. 1 spot in the POWERade Drag Racing Series Funny Car point standings, a position Bazemore held after three of the seven races held so far this year.
But his 4.924/315.34 loss to Creasy's 4.904/311.99 pass dashed those hopes. Bazemore blamed himself and his .109 reaction time to Creasy's .096.
"You go up there, and anybody can win any given race and it's been done many, many times," said Bazemore, who is now fifth in the rankings, yet still very much in the points chase. "The way I look at it is when our Matco Tools Dodge doesn't run within a couple of hundredths (of a second) of the other car I should make up the difference and today we didn't do that.
"Everybody can argue their argument, but we were within 200 hundredths in performance and I didn't make up the difference. And we've been pretty good all year doing that and today I didn't. I'm particularly frustrated by the outcome.
"We've won quite a few rounds this year on holeshots. Today we didn't lose on a holeshot, but we didn't make up the difference in performance either.
"They (Creasy's team) ran only a 5.20 in qualifying. Our car was way too conservative for that run."
Next up is this weekend's O'Reilly Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka (Kans.), May 27-29.