Gainesville: Whit Bazemore Saturday summary

Bazemore qualifies 4th in Gainesville. After four rounds of qualifying, Whit Bazemore, in the Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Stratus R/T, ends up as No. 4 qualifier, with a 4.835-second lap at 321.88 mph, set yesterday. Today's runs in the heat of...

Bazemore qualifies 4th in Gainesville.

After four rounds of qualifying, Whit Bazemore, in the Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Stratus R/T, ends up as No. 4 qualifier, with a 4.835-second lap at 321.88 mph, set yesterday. Today's runs in the heat of the day resulted in a tire-smoking 6.825/123.76 in the first session, and a 5.583/175.19 in the final qualifying round.

WHIT BAZEMORE, MATCO TOOLS IRON EAGLE DODGE STRATUS R/T: "The potential was certainly there to run the best run of the weekend (in the final round), which is what we were trying to do. We changed the weight balance on the car a little bit. It's a new body with this Dodge, so we're still finding where we are with it and the front end just came up at half track. I hung with it for a while because it was really running well but then it kept coming up and wasn't coming back down. It gets to the point where, number one, you're not very comfortable, and, number two, you're probably not going to run quicker than an .83, so there's no point in risking damage to the car, so we shut it off."

ON RUNNING AGAINST CRUZ PREDREGON IN THE FIRST ROUND: "We feel really good for tomorrow. We're here; we're ready to race. We have a great team, a good running car and it's exciting that both my teammates (Gary Scelzi and Scotty Cannon) are in the show, because we've had some problems. I think that the whole Schumacher organization is looking good for tomorrow. We're not here to be runner-up; we're gunning for a win. We'd like nothing more than to put a Matco Tools Dodge in the winner's circle at a Mac Tools race. It would be pretty good."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Whit Bazemore , Scotty Cannon