Pomona II: Whit Bazemore Saturday summary

Bazemore posts four solid runs to qualify No. 3 in Pomona finale POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 8, 2003) - Whit Bazemore continued his streak of solid qualifying runs for the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals today, with at 4.774/322.34...

Bazemore posts four solid runs to qualify No. 3 in Pomona finale

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 8, 2003) - Whit Bazemore continued his streak of solid qualifying runs for the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals today, with at 4.774/322.34 lap in today's third session and a 4.768/324.90 in the final round, driving his Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Stratus into the No. 3 spot for tomorrow's final eliminations.

"It's been great," said a pleased Bazemore, who is expected to leave Pomona as the runner-up in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Funny Car championship. "Even though we're third we've run well every session in the Matco Tools Dodge.

"We've gone down the race track every time and that's what qualifying is all about - to develop performance and develop a baseline and prepare the Matco Tools team and the car for Sunday's race. I think right now we've done that."

Bazemore lost his chance to claim the Funny Car championship to Tony Pedregon at the penultimate race in Las Vegas, in a dramatic tire-smoking contest to the finish line in the final round. John Force, 122 points behind Bazemore in third, mathematically still has a chance to move past Bazemore for second depending on tomorrow's results in final eliminations. With Force on the other side of the ladder, the pair would not meet until the final round.

The Indianapolis resident and two-time U.S. Nationals champion will face Bob Gilbertson in tomorrow's first round.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Whit Bazemore , John Force