Bristol: Etchells Racing wrap up

Whit Bazemore made two distinctly different runs on Saturday during the Winston Showdown at Bristol Dragway. First, Bazemore recorded the quickest elapsed time of the third and final Funny Car qualifying session early in the afternoon. His...

Whit Bazemore made two distinctly different runs on Saturday during the Winston Showdown at Bristol Dragway. First, Bazemore recorded the quickest elapsed time of the third and final Funny Car qualifying session early in the afternoon. His elapsed time of 4.947 seconds, which came with a top speed of 293.86 mph placed the Kendall Motor Oil/Matco Tools Camaro Z28 Funny Car 2nd on the Funny Car side of the eliminations ladder, pairing Bazemore with Top Fuel standout Cory McClenathan under the rules of this all-star event. Unfortunately, Bazemore was unable to duplicate his success of the morning, as he desperately fought to maintain traction, with smoke billowing from his rear tires despite his attempts. Meanwhile, his opponent posted the second quickest e.t. of the first round, which was more than enough to overcome Bazemore's head start and claim the win for the dragster.

"Tonight's run certainly surprised us. About 1.4 - 1.5 seconds into the run it just drove into tire shake. It had rattled a little bit when we ran the '.94 and tonights seemed very similar, so I didn't pedal it because it had made it through on the previous run. After that, it just blew the tires off, and even though I pedaled it, it wasn't going to recover. Even if it did, we still would have lost, so that part really wasn't important.

"Even though we had come here with the mindset of testing, it's still a big disappointment. No matter how you're running, you always expect to win, and once we ran that well earlier in the day I thought we'd have a good chance.

"Terry Manzer is continuing to learn about the Kendall/Matco Camaro, which is a little different from the last car he worked with, and I'm learning what his tune-up feels like. We're making progress, but this losing has got to end. We have to be aggressive and fight to turn it around as a team. About the only thing I can say is that this wasn't a points race, so we can take it here and hopefully not have it happen next week."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Whit Bazemore , Cory McClenathan