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The Bazemore Bulletin The pre-race release of 20-time NHRA winner Whit Bazemore and the David Powers-ownedMatco Tools Top Fuel team "It's a race for the championship for us. That makes it the most important race of the year. It's come down to ...

The Bazemore Bulletin
The pre-race release of 20-time NHRA winner Whit Bazemore and the David Powers-ownedMatco Tools Top Fuel team

"It's a race for the championship for us. That makes it the most important race of the year. It's come down to that. It's imperative that we go there the best prepared we can be. We have a great team. We need to go there and make some results happen."

Bazemore Reading Notebook

Last weekend in Brainerd, Minn., Bazemore qualified his Matco Tools dragster third with a 4.582-second E.T. He advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to Morgan Lucas.

Bazemore remains seventh in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel standings. He hold a 52-point lead over eighth-place driver David Grubnic and leads Melanie Troxel by 54 points as three drivers vie for the final two spots in the Countdown to the Championship.

Bazemore earned his 30th career pole this March. He became just the 15th driver in NHRA history to earn poles in both Top Fuel and Funny Car. He has an average starting position of 6.63 this year. He has an average starting position of 9.93 in 15 career races at Maple Grove Raceway.

Bazemore did not compete at Maple Grove Raceway last fall.

He earned his 21st career pole at the Reading race in 2002 when he drove his Matco Tools Funny Car to a run of 4.806 seconds at 318.69 mph. He also is a two-time finalist at Maple Grove Raceway (2001, '02).

Baze Banters About Reading...

Reading: "Penske Racing"

Maple Grove Raceway: "Quick Track"

Favorite Maple Grove Raceway racing memory: "It's been a hard track for us. They're not some of my favorites memories"

Favorite Reading-area cycling route: "They're all good. You leave the track and go riding. You go south of the race track and you're in Amish country and it's as good as you find in the country."

-credit: dpm

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Series NHRA
Drivers Whit Bazemore , David Grubnic , Morgan Lucas , David Powers
Teams Team Penske