Pomona: Whit Bazemore preview

Bazemore eager to start 2005 POWERade Series POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 8, 2005) - Whit Bazemore is eager to get the 2005 POWERade Drag Racing Series started with this weekend's season-opening CARQUEST Auto Parts Winternationals at Pomona...

Bazemore eager to start 2005 POWERade Series

POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 8, 2005) - Whit Bazemore is eager to get the 2005 POWERade Drag Racing Series started with this weekend's season-opening CARQUEST Auto Parts Winternationals at Pomona Raceway.

The two-time U.S. Nationals champion who has won 17 Funny Car events in his 16-year drag-racing career is still looking for his first win at Pomona Raceway and with successful pre-season testing under his and crew chief Lee Beard's belts in the Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Stratus Funny Car he's ready to attack a new season. Winning the first event of 2005 would definitely kick-start his chase for his first Funny Car championship.

"The testing went well and a win at the Winternationals would be a tremendous way to start the year," he said. "It's a race that has eluded me. Real success at Pomona has been very hard for me to achieve. I'm not sure why that is. We were runner-up a couple of times, once at the 50th Anniversary race and the World Finals, both in 2001." Both finishes came from the No. 1 qualifying position.

"It's important to have a good first race, and the Matco Tools Dodge team is prepared as best as we can be. We'll come to Pomona, do what we know how to do and make things happen. I'm excited about it and ready to go. I can't wait, actually," he smiled.

It's a new season, but the challenges haven't changed, said the Indianapolis resident and avid cyclist. "They are the same as always. You have to tune the car for the conditions and get a good baseline established early in the weekend and then hopefully qualify in the top five, if not better, and then make the right calls on race day and drive perfectly. It's the same every weekend.

"We're looking at the big picture," he added. "It's a long year, but it's important to have good results at every race, and to challenge for a championship we have to minimize the number of bad races."

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