Pomona: Whit Bazemore Saturday summary

BAZEMORE POSTS FOUR CONSISTENT LAPS TO QUALIFY NO. 6 IN POMONA P0MONA, Calif. (Feb. 11, 2006) - Whit Bazemore kicked off the 2006 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series by posting four consistent qualifying passes at the season-opening CARQUEST Auto...

BAZEMORE POSTS FOUR CONSISTENT LAPS TO QUALIFY NO. 6 IN POMONA

P0MONA, Calif. (Feb. 11, 2006) - Whit Bazemore kicked off the 2006 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series by posting four consistent qualifying passes at the season-opening CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals at the Auto Club Raceway, placing him solidly in No. 6 in the quickest Funny Car field in NHRA history.

With new crew chief Brian Corradi at the helm of the Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Stratus R/T Funny Car team, Bazemore made clean runs consisting of a 4.851/323.35, a 4.786/302.14, a 4.856/267.69 and finally a 4.763/325.92.

"We're really happy," he said. "The consistency is actually better than it looks because we had two parts failures; one this morning and one yesterday way down track that even in our 4.78 we didn't go (under full power) to the finish line.

"When you look at all our runs and, once we got our parts situation squared away, what they really represent is a very consistent and what seems to be a very tunable race car. That bodes well for race day."

Bazemore faces Bob Gilbertson in first round of eliminations on Sunday. All three DSR Funny Cars are on one side of the ladder, while all three John Force Racing cars are on the other side.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Bob Gilbertson , Whit Bazemore