READING, Pa. (Sept. 17, 2005) - Whit Bazemore snared the No. 7 qualifying position in the Funny Car class for this weekend's NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway today, despite a few mechanical problems in the pits.
Bazemore posted a 5.152-second elapsed time at 282.01 mph in the first session on Friday, then surpassed that with his best qualifying pass Friday night of 4.813/320.13. In today's last two attempts, the driver of the Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Stratus Funny Car recorded a 4.985/258.62 and a 7.888/98.07.
"Today we smoked the tires twice, but the Matco Tools guys are working hard," he said. "We had a couple mechanical issues in the pits. We're working hard to get our team perfect again, and that's really what it takes to be successful out here. You have to have a perfect team, and we're working towards that."
Bazemore will meet U.S. Nationals double-up winner Del Worsham in first round of eliminations on Sunday. "That team is going to be good, as always. We'll be ready to give them our best shot."