Columbus: Whit Bazemore preview

BAZEMORE AIMS FOR TURN-AROUND IN OHIO HEBRON, Ohio (May 18, 2005) - Whit Bazemore is very much in the Funny Car points championship chase, despite his first-round loss in Atlanta last Sunday and a fall to second in points after a strong ...

BAZEMORE AIMS FOR TURN-AROUND IN OHIO

HEBRON, Ohio (May 18, 2005) - Whit Bazemore is very much in the Funny Car points championship chase, despite his first-round loss in Atlanta last Sunday and a fall to second in points after a strong early-season lead. The driver of the Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Stratus R/T is just 24 points out of first place in what is becoming the annual Bazemore vs. Force show in the POWERade Drag Racing Series Funny Car class.

The pair met in the first round of eliminations in Atlanta. It was an important race for both of them. While Bazemore had the edge after launching first at the light, he lost traction early, allowing Force to take the round win and eventually the event victory and the points lead.

Bazemore, who has not won at National Trail Raceway (just east of Columbus, Ohio), but was low qualifier in 2002 and runner-up in 1997, is seeking his first Funny Car championship of his 16-year pro career, and hopes to see a turn-around in this weekend's NHRA Nationals, the second of a three-race back-to-back swing.

"We're coming to Columbus and try to turn our season around," said the two-time U.S. Nationals champion who lives in Indianapolis. "Even though we were up there at the top of the points for quite a while, we're just not the team to beat right now and we're not the team that we can be.

"We have to go to Columbus and really have our luck change. We have to do whatever it takes to change our luck. We desperately need to have a good weekend here, if we want to continue to fight for this championship.

"Otherwise, we're going to be fighting for fifth place or worse."

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