Las Vegas: Whit Bazemore Friday summary

Bazemore No. 1 qualifier after two sessions in Vegas. Whit Bazemore, Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Stratus R/T Funny Car, captured the No. 1 qualifying position after two of four sessions tonight, with a stellar 4.788-second pass at 323.43 ...

Bazemore No. 1 qualifier after two sessions in Vegas.

Whit Bazemore, Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Stratus R/T Funny Car, captured the No. 1 qualifying position after two of four sessions tonight, with a stellar 4.788-second pass at 323.43 mph.

"That was a good run, obviously. We're trying to run bigger speeds, but we dropped a cylinder at the other end earlier this afternoon on the first run and unfortunately tonight it did it again, so we only went a 323. It was a good run.

"The car was in trouble early; it shook for quite a long time. I almost pedaled it but then it drove through it, so that was good. That cost us a little e.t. Then we were having a problem lifting the front end at half track and we did that at Gainesville. We thought we took steps to fix it and then it did it again the first run this morning, only not as bad. And we took steps to fix it again, and it still tried to do it again tonight.

"We're excited. We've had good performance all year, but we haven't been low qualifier yet. I think tomorrow we can improve on that, and that's key."

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"We're always shooting for it, if conditions warrant it. If the opportunity is there then we're trying to be low, unless were not in and we have to be conservative. If we're in, we're always trying to be low e.t. All three of our cars are pretty strong and Scotty's (Cannon) been consistent lately.

"He tested well at Gainesville on Monday and they're making a lot of progress there. I think we have three good cars, which is what you need to win races now. There's a good vibe in our camp, and that's very important. It's a healthy place; it's a great place to be. We've got a great team. You know what I like most about our team is they listen and they respond. They never question your opinion."

-dsr-

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