Topeka: Bazemore pleased with opening effort

Whit Bazemore had one of his better Friday performances of the last few months during the initial qualifying sessions for the NHRA Advance Auto Parts Nationals. After opening with a strong 4.987-second, 301.47 mph run in the afternoon, Bazemore...

Whit Bazemore had one of his better Friday performances of the last few months during the initial qualifying sessions for the NHRA Advance Auto Parts Nationals. After opening with a strong 4.987-second, 301.47 mph run in the afternoon, Bazemore backed his first run up with a solid 5.03-second effort in the evening. This placed the Kendall Motor Oil/Matco Tools Camaro Z28 8th midway through time trials, with two rounds remaining on Saturday. Although Bazemore naturally would have preferred to run faster in the evening session, he still appreciated the benefit of being able to make two full power runs on Friday, something the Etchells team has been working on.

"Even though we had hoped to go faster than an '.03 tonight, we're still pretty happy to have made two runs down the track. We've been fighting an inconsistent race car for the last few months and the only way to fix it is to get down the track every time out, so you can get data and learn about the car. From that aspect, today was really successful.

"Our 4.98 from this afternoon has us 8th, and we have tomorrow to improve on it. The new asphalt here at Heartland Park is going to come in a little more tomorrow, so we know the track will be there. It's up to us to fine-tune our Kendall/Matco Camaro and keep inching up on it."

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