Madison: Whit Bazemore preview

BAZEMORE EYES HIS FIRST ST. LOUIS WIN THIS WEEKEND, WANTS TO ROUND OUT HIS PORTFOLIO MADISON, Ill. (June 21, 2006) - Whit Bazemore, who drives the Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car, will round off his career NHRA POWERade Drag...

BAZEMORE EYES HIS FIRST ST. LOUIS WIN THIS WEEKEND, WANTS TO ROUND OUT HIS PORTFOLIO

MADISON, Ill. (June 21, 2006) - Whit Bazemore, who drives the Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car, will round off his career NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series national-event appearances to 330 this weekend at the O'Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway International Raceway. As a dabbler in the stock market, what Bazemore would really like to round out is his performance portfolio. Entering this weekend, his No. 1 qualifying record stands at 29 and career win tally at 19. He has never won at Gateway, nor was low qualifier.

Bazemore is on a powerful path to achieving those goals, as he's had the car to beat at several of the last events, having qualified in the top half of the field in five of the last six races, including a close No. 2 twice, was semifinalist two times and runner-up once. The two-time U.S. Nationals champion just hasn't been able to parlay those stats into his first win of the year.

The Indianapolis resident and avid cyclist hopes this last event of a grueling back-to-back three-race swing will finally showcase the team's improvement after struggling early in the season, where he lost in the opening round of eliminations in the first four events.

"When you look at it more at the context of where we are with the team, it becomes an important race just because it's three in a row and the first two haven't gone the way we've needed them to go," he explained. "In my mind it's fairly critical that we have a good race in St. Louis."

"Whether it's a night race, a day race, a race in St. Louis or a race in Hawaii, it doesn't matter. The fact is, it's a race and the Matco Tools Dodge team needs to have a good race. Everything else is kind of immaterial."

"We're just under the radar," added Bazemore, who is eighth in the Funny Car point rankings. "We have a great team and everyone is at the top of their game, but we're still coming up short for one reason or another. It's the nature of the sport sometimes. These are the times when you really have to just buckle down and focus and stay focused and not let any negative results affect you, because we know we're good enough to win and I think we've proven that recently."

-DSR

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