Englishtown: Whit Bazemore preview

2003 E'TOWN FUNNY CAR CHAMP BAZEMORE SET TO REPEAT ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 14, 2006) - Whit Bazemore and the Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car team have demonstrated a marked improvement in the car's performance in the last ...

2003 E'TOWN FUNNY CAR CHAMP BAZEMORE SET TO REPEAT

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 14, 2006) - Whit Bazemore and the Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car team have demonstrated a marked improvement in the car's performance in the last several races, including a No. 2 qualifying spot in Chicago last weekend, a new career-best elapsed time (4.674 seconds - at 330.88 mph!) set there, as well as a move into seventh in the point standings.

So, they're ready to rock their world at the K&N Filters SuperNationals this weekend at historic Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, a favorite for Bazemore, who won here in 2003.

"Englishtown is a track that we really like," said the two-time U.S. Nationals champion who is seeking his first Funny Car crown. "We like coming here and right now we have a bad-ass hot rod and that always makes it more enjoyable."

"I think we'll be able to still have the performance in Englishtown that we've had in the last couple of races, and that makes it exciting."

There's other history at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park for the Don Schumacher Racing team: Team owner Don Schumacher was the Funny Car winner here in 1972!

WHIT BAZEMORE QUICK FACTS:

Seventh in 2006 Funny Car point standings after 10 events (330 out of lead), with one runner-up and two semifinal finishes

Two-time U.S. Nationals champion, 1997 and 2001

Ninth in final 2005 Funny Car point standings

Won two events in 2005 (Gainesville, Las Vegas), No. 1 qualifier once (Columbus)

No. 15 qualifier at 2005 K&N Filters SuperNationals, lost second round to Ron Capps

Is winner here in 2003

First Funny Car driver to break 325-mph barrier (U.S. Nationals 2001)

Career quickest ET is 4.6.74 seconds (Chicago 2006), career fastest speed is 333.25 mph (Chicago 1 2004)

Has 19 career Funny Car event wins in 44 final rounds in 327 races

Took the 2003 championship chase to penultimate race in Las Vegas in an exciting final round against eventual champion Tony Pedregon

Was second twice in the Funny Car championship in 2001 and 2003, third in 1997 and '99 and has finished in the top five six times and 13 times in the top 10 since 1992

Age 43, born in New York City, an avid cyclist, lives in Indianapolis with wife Michelle, a competitive amateur cyclist, and son Dashiell Aidan, born March 12, 2005 (same as Bazemore's birthday)

2006 is his sixth season with Don Schumacher Racing

SCHEDULE:
Pro qualifying sessions are scheduled for 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 16. Qualifying continues at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 17 and final eliminations begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 18.

ON TV:
ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will televise two hours of qualifying of the K&N Filters NHRA SuperNationals at 5 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, June 17. ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will televise three hours of final eliminations coverage beginning at 4 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, June 18.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Pedregon , Whit Bazemore , Ron Capps , Don Schumacher