Brainerd: Whit Bazemore Saturday notes

BAZEMORE DRIVES MATCO TOOLS RAIL TO NO. 3 POSITION AT B.I.R. BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 11, 2007) -- Whit Bazemore, Lee Beard and the entire David Powers-owned Matco Tools team continued to qualify their Matco-backed dragster near the front of the...

BAZEMORE DRIVES MATCO TOOLS RAIL TO NO. 3 POSITION AT B.I.R.

BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 11, 2007) -- Whit Bazemore, Lee Beard and the entire David Powers-owned Matco Tools team continued to qualify their Matco-backed dragster near the front of the Top Fuel field Saturday at Brainerd International Raceway. The veteran racer powered his Matco Tools rail to the No. 3 qualifying slot Saturday afternoon with a run of 4.582-seconds.

Entering the final day of qualifying at B.I.R. in the No. 3 slot after running 4.628-seconds on Friday evening, the 20-time NHRA winner drove his Beard-tuned Matco Tools rail to its quickest pass of the weekend on Saturday's first attempt. Bazemore carded a pass of 4.582 seconds at 323.58 mph to move to the No. 2 qualifying position. On his final qualifying effort, Bazemore blasted the Matco-backed rail to a run of 4.626 at 323.74 on a hot Brainerd race track to finish third in the 16-car order. It is the second time that he has qualified third this year (Topeka). Bazemore's 4.582-second elapsed time was the third quickest pass of the day.

"It's been a good weekend in qualifying," Bazemore said. "The car has responded well to Lee's (Beard) input and Lee's made good decisions. We feel confident about racing (David) Grubnic on Sunday and we look forward to having a good day."

Bazemore will match-up against David Grubnic when final eliminations begin at 11 a.m. (CT) on Sunday at B.I.R. He is 0-1 against the Australian native this year.

-credit: dpm

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Series NHRA
Drivers Whit Bazemore , David Grubnic , David Powers