Pomona II: Whit Bazemore Saturday summary

BAZEMORE COULD BE A FACTOR IN POMONA FIRST ROUND POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 5, 2005) - Whit Bazemore could be a deciding factor in Sunday's first round of eliminations for the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals as his Don Schumacher ...

BAZEMORE COULD BE A FACTOR IN POMONA FIRST ROUND

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 5, 2005) - Whit Bazemore could be a deciding factor in Sunday's first round of eliminations for the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals as his Don Schumacher Racing teammates Gary Scelzi and Ron Capps are deep in a heated battle for the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Funny Car championship at the final event of the season.

Bazemore, driver of the Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Stratus R/T, is not in contention for the title, but will face No. 3 in points John Force in the opening round as the No. 11 qualifier to Force's No. 6. The two-time U.S. Nationals champion recorded a 4.800-second ET at 323.37 mph in the quickest Funny Car field in NHRA history.

No. 1 qualifier Scelzi is eight points ahead of Capps and 32 in front of Force as the championship comes down to this final event. Both Capps and Force are on the same side of the ladder, while Scelzi is on the other side.

"It's what we wish for and it's good," said Bazemore. "We're fighting our car a little bit, but we've got a great team, great bunch of guys. It's just up to all of us on the Matco Tools team to rise to the occasion and help one of our teammates clinch the championship tomorrow.

"Obviously, it's all on the line and for me it's a perfect scenario. We came into the race, we wanted to race Force. We wanted to race him in the final, but it's the first round instead. Same difference. We'll take it. It's good."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Whit Bazemore , Ron Capps , John Force , Gary Scelzi , Don Schumacher