Reading: Whit Bazemore preview

BAZEMORE LOOKS FOR MORE IN READING READING, Pa. (Sept. 14, 2005) - Whit Bazemore is on the comeback trail after reaching the semifinals at the U.S. Nationals on Labor Day, and is looking for more at this weekend's Toyo Tires Nationals at ...

BAZEMORE LOOKS FOR MORE IN READING

READING, Pa. (Sept. 14, 2005) - Whit Bazemore is on the comeback trail after reaching the semifinals at the U.S. Nationals on Labor Day, and is looking for more at this weekend's Toyo Tires Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

After three trips to the semifinals in the last five POWERade Drag Racing Series events, Bazemore continues to see progress with the Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Stratus Funny Car team that struggled mid-year, as the 2005 season begins to wind down to the last five races.

"The disappointment of Indy is still there," says Bazemore, who felt he had a strong chance to reach the final round, but fell victim to an oildown in his lane prior to his semifinal run. "The exciting thing is that I feel strongly that the Matco Tools team has turned the corner and, without wanting to jinx us, we should be a stronger and more competitive team.

"We have that confidence for the rest of the season, so I'm looking forward to racing in Reading.

"Reading is a hard track," adds Bazemore, who has two runner-up finishes here (2001 and 2002) and was No. 1 qualifier in '02. "For some reason this track gives you more of a sensation of speed, and our car feels fast right now. It's not the easiest car I've ever driven. It's going to be challenging and I'm looking forward to that."

Bazemore stands seventh in the Funny Car point standings, has two season wins and one No. 1 qualifying effort.

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