Sonoma: Whit Bazemore Saturday summary

BAZEMORE LOOKS TO MAINTAIN MOMENTUM IN SONOMA SONOMA, Calif. (Jul 30, 2005) - Whit Bazemore and the Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Stratus R/T Funny Car team are picking up steam. Coming off two round wins in Seattle last weekend, he looks for...

BAZEMORE LOOKS TO MAINTAIN MOMENTUM IN SONOMA

SONOMA, Calif. (Jul 30, 2005) - Whit Bazemore and the Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Stratus R/T Funny Car team are picking up steam. Coming off two round wins in Seattle last weekend, he looks for more at the Fram-Autolite NHRA Nationals this weekend. He enters Sunday final eliminations in the 11th qualifying position.

The 1999 Sonoma winner is happy with the team's qualifying effort: "It's good. You have to keep in mind that we're still a relatively new team with co-crew chiefs Dan (Olson) and Todd (Okuhara) coming on board a couple races ago. So, we're still jelling and they're still feeling their way with the race car and their combination.

"In qualifying, we're not yet in a position to go for the pole, but we're working on that. The object coming into this race was trying to calm the Matco Tools Dodge down a little bit and work on our consistency going down the race track in qualifying, and that's what we did, so we feel good about that."

Two-time season winner Bazemore's best qualifying run came Friday night in the second session when he ran a 4.898-second ET at 316.38 mph. Bazemore's other qualifying runs included a 9.041/78.40, a5.151/236.84 and a 4.942/312.28.

"We feel like we have a good race day combination," he added. "The car is plenty safe and there is a lot of room to tune it up if we have to. All in all, it's been a very positive weekend thus far, and everyone is doing a good job."

Bazemore faces Tim Wilkerson in the first round of Sunday's Final eliminations.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Whit Bazemore , Tim Wilkerson