Joliet: Whit Bazemore preview

BAZEMORE EAGER TO SHOWCASE IMPROVEMENT AT FAST ROUTE 66 JOLIET, Ill. (June 6, 2006) - Whit Bazemore is eager to get back to Route 66 Raceway for this weekend's CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals, now that the Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Charger...

BAZEMORE EAGER TO SHOWCASE IMPROVEMENT AT FAST ROUTE 66

JOLIET, Ill. (June 6, 2006) - Whit Bazemore is eager to get back to Route 66 Raceway for this weekend's CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals, now that the Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car is running strong.

Following his first final-round appearance of the season in round 8 of the 2006 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series in Columbus, Ohio, a solid showing in round 9 in Topeka, Kans., and a jump into seventh in points, the car's improved performance is expected to be showcased this weekend on what's considered the fastest track on the NHRA circuit.

Route 66 Raceway is famous for the records that have been set here, including Bazemore's quickest elapsed time of 4.713 seconds and career fastest speed of 333.25 mph, both established here in 2004 in what was at the time the quickest and fastest speed in Funny Car history.

Bazemore was the runner-up finisher that year in the first event, winner in 2003 (first event), winner of the second event in 2001, and the victor in the track's inaugural NHRA event in 1998.

"Chicago is a great track," he says. "It's probably the fastest track on the schedule now. So, naturally, we really love coming here because this is still what drag racing is all about, in spite of the all the rules that have been imposed on us.

"When you go to Chicago, the conditions allow you to let it all hang out the best you can, so you still have a chance to run quicker than you've ever run before. That's one reason we are drag racers. It's always exciting to come here.

"As I said many times, the Matco Tools team has already made a lot of progress this year. We still haven't reached our potential in terms of performance, but maybe in Chicago we can, and that's going to be our No. 1 goal, for sure, depending on the conditions, of course. But if it's anything but scorching hot, I think we'll have an opportunity to run our career best."

-dsr-

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