Englishtown: Whit Bazmore Saturday summary

Bazemore No. 9, faces Worsham in first round ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 19, 2004) - NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Funny Car points leader Whit Bazemore ended up ninth in the field for Sunday's K&N Filters Supernationals and will face No. 2 in ...

Bazemore No. 9, faces Worsham in first round

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 19, 2004) - NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Funny Car points leader Whit Bazemore ended up ninth in the field for Sunday's K&N Filters Supernationals and will face No. 2 in points Del Worsham in the first round of eliminations.

Bazemore saved his best for last today with his Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Stratus, by posting his quickest and fastest pass of the weekend, a 4.967/303.16. It didn't move him up into the field from No. 9, however, placing him in a head-to-head match-up with the No. 8 qualifier Worsham tomorrow morning.

"We made a lot of progress today, actually," said Bazemore, who is 21 points ahead of Worsham. "We were struggling in the heat yesterday and we let last night get away from us and we ended up ninth. The Matco Tools Dodge team and crew chief Lee Beard made good progress today with the car, stepped it up, it ran .96 in the heat, which, compared to our competition, was a pretty decent number." Bazemore's lap was third quickest and fastest of the round.

"We're on the right track now," he added. "It's good. We're feeling a lot better about ourselves."

As for his race against Worsham: "It's a great opportunity," he said. "They're a tough team. It's an opportunity for us to go out and put more ground between them than we would otherwise be able to do. The way I look at it, if you're serious about winning a championship, you've got to race the best at any time. It doesn't matter if it's the first round or the final."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Del Worsham , Whit Bazemore