Madison: Whit Bazemore Friday summary

Bazemore collects no. 4 spot in Friday qualifying MADISON, Ill. (June 27, 2003) - Whit Bazemore found himself No. 1 in the first round of qualifying today in his Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Stratus R/T, with a 5.079/288.39 pass in the heat of...

Bazemore collects no. 4 spot in Friday qualifying

MADISON, Ill. (June 27, 2003) - Whit Bazemore found himself No. 1 in the first round of qualifying today in his Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Stratus R/T, with a 5.079/288.39 pass in the heat of the day. He ended the day in No. 4 spot, however, with a conservative yet stout 4.909-second elapsed time at 314.31 mph.

"The conditions between the two sessions were so different that, as far as qualifying goes, the first run this afternoon is largely irrelevant. So tonight, as far as qualifying is concerned, we consider to be our first run. It was very important to go down the track tonight and be competitive. So we did that with a .90, which was conservative, which put us No. 4."

"The thing about the first run today and the first run tomorrow happening at 6 p.m., the track is still awfully hot. So those are the conditions that we're going to face in the first and second rounds of the race on Sunday. Those two runs are important for that."

"Tomorrow night will be exciting for the fans and for our Matco Tools Dodge team. I think we're capable of running definitely a low .80 here, so if everything goes to plan, that's what we should run and we should easily be in the top two or three."

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