Dallas: Whit Bazemore Saturday summary

BAZEMORE DRIVES TO NO. 6 IN TEXAS QUALIFYING DALLAS (Oct. 8, 2005) - Whit Bazemore drove the Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Stratus R/T Funny Car to No. 6 in qualifying for the O'Reilly Fall Nationals, by virtue of the 4.731-second pass at 326.08...

BAZEMORE DRIVES TO NO. 6 IN TEXAS QUALIFYING

DALLAS (Oct. 8, 2005) - Whit Bazemore drove the Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Stratus R/T Funny Car to No. 6 in qualifying for the O'Reilly Fall Nationals, by virtue of the 4.731-second pass at 326.08 mph he posted in the second round on Friday.

The final two sessions today resulted in a 5.432/190.46 and a 14.386/77.53.

"Today was tough," said Bazemore, who has won twice in the 2005 POWERade Drag Racing Series, but has also struggled for most of the second part of the year, "but we qualified well, in the top half, and it's showing the continuing progress of our Matco Tools team with Dan (Olson) and Todd (Okuhara) at the helm. We're making good progress. Each race is exciting because it's an opportunity to further improve ourselves, and we are.

"We're in a position where we can sneak up on some people and win a race or more than one, actually, so we're right there and it feels good. Our confidence is high and the team is working well and we're ready to go out there and show what we can do."

Bazemore faces Bob Gilbertson in first round of eliminations and is on the same side of the ladder as title contenders Robert Hight, John Force and Eric Medlen.

-dsr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Bob Gilbertson , Whit Bazemore , John Force , Eric Medlen , Robert Hight