Phoenix Etchells Racing Sunday Pit Note

After qualifying 11th, Whit Bazemore knew advancing at Sunday's final eliminations of the Checker Schuck's Kragen Nationals would require an outstanding effort. Without the luxury of lane choice on a tricky track, the Kendall Motor Oil/Matco...

After qualifying 11th, Whit Bazemore knew advancing at Sunday's final eliminations of the Checker Schuck's Kragen Nationals would require an outstanding effort. Without the luxury of lane choice on a tricky track, the Kendall Motor Oil/Matco Tools Camaro Z28 would have to run flawlessly, and Bazemore would have to do his part behind the wheel. Although the run started on a positive note, with Bazemore grabbing the advantage by nearly two hundredths of a second, his hopes for a win soon faded as his racecar dropped a cylinder almost immediately. Despite the disadvantage, Bazemore continued to race, hoping to hold on, but further mechanical complications developed, allowing his opponent to gain the victory.

"We really didn't get the number in qualifying, but we still ran well on our last run, with some good low numbers before we smoked the tires at the top end. We know the performance is there and it's just a matter of fine tuning and getting our Kendall/Matco Camaro on the right side of the combination. In fact, I was very confident going up there for the first round against Hofmann.

"Unfortunately, the car had just dropped a cylinder at the hit and cost us a lot of performance. After that, it was basically over. I stayed in it, but at about a thousand feet, the dropped cylinder caused the engine to run lean which then threw the belt off. We needed to run a 5.14 to beat him, but it just wasn't in the cards today. It's plenty frustrating, but we're going to stay and test until we get this car figured out - that's our top priority."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Whit Bazemore