Las Vegas II: Whit Bazemore Saturday summary

Bazemore grabs No. 6 in Vegas qualifying. LAS VEGAS (Oct. 25, 2003) - Weather conditions were favorable this evening as the temperatures continued to drop, and by the time the final pair of Whit Bazemore and Tony Pedregon came to the line in the...

Bazemore grabs No. 6 in Vegas qualifying.

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 25, 2003) - Weather conditions were favorable this evening as the temperatures continued to drop, and by the time the final pair of Whit Bazemore and Tony Pedregon came to the line in the final qualifying session it was at its coolest, 73 degrees.

What might have turned into a potential No. 1 qualifying run for Bazemore ended up being good for only No. 6, as his Matco Tools Dodge Stratus Funny Car started dropping cylinders just short of the finish line. Despite this, the driver vying for the Funny Car title posted a decent 4.825-second pass at 309.98 mph. He experienced a similar problem in today's third qualifying session with his 4.982/251.06 lap.

"It's been difficult this weekend," Bazemore said. "We made a decent run Friday night (4.847/310.05) and the other times we struggled with little problems. We have some kind of gremlin in the car right now that we've got to find for tomorrow, but tomorrow is a new day. The Matco Tools Dodge guys are the very best at what they do, and we'll have a race car that's capable of winning the race and that's what we're counting on."

As for his rival for the Funny Car championship, who qualified No. 1: "Those guys are doing a good job over there," he said. "They're not going to give it to us easily. We're ready. We're pretty aggressive right now; we're feeling good."

-dsr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Pedregon , Whit Bazemore