Columbus: Whit Bazemore Saturday summary

Bazemore Qualifies No. 2 for Fifth Time this Season COLUMBUS, Ohio (June 12, 2004) - Whit Bazemore, driver of the Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Stratus Funny Car, qualified No. 2 for the fifth time this season at National Trail Raceway and has...

Bazemore Qualifies No. 2 for Fifth Time this Season

COLUMBUS, Ohio (June 12, 2004) - Whit Bazemore, driver of the Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Stratus Funny Car, qualified No. 2 for the fifth time this season at National Trail Raceway and has now qualified in either first or second in the last five races.

In today's third round of qualifying, Bazemore held on to his No. 1 status from last night's record-breaking session (4.774/325.92), posting a 4.911/267.37 lap. In the final session, however, after smoking the tires to a 10.902/78.26 run, he was bumped from No. 1 to No. 2 by Cruz Pedregon who surpassed Bazemore's E.T. record with a 4.769-second pass. Bazemore, the Funny Car championship points leader, still holds the track record for speed.

"There's no shame in being second best," he said. "In both runs today we were not really concentrating on our race-day setup because Lee (Beard, crew chief) feels we have a pretty good handle on that.

"Instead, we were trying a few things this morning and then this afternoon we were really trying to go for it. We just tried too hard for the conditiions. We weren't trying to run 4.75, we were trying to run really quick. We just overpowered the track a little bit, and that's the way it goes.

"We'll be ready to race tomorrow. Its going to be a tough day, as it always is and we'll try to get a good result."

Bazemore faces Jeff Arend in the first round of eliminations tomorrow, which begin at 11 a.m.

-dsr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Whit Bazemore , Cruz Pedregon , Jeff Arend