Commerce: Lee Beard comments on Bazemore's loss

Post-race comments from Whit Bazemore's Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Stratus R/T Crew Chief Lee Beard: Lane choice is always critical. Crew chief Lee Beard explained how important that option was here in the semifinal when Bazemore, who did not...

Post-race comments from Whit Bazemore's Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Stratus R/T Crew Chief Lee Beard:

Lane choice is always critical. Crew chief Lee Beard explained how important that option was here in the semifinal when Bazemore, who did not have lane choice, lost to Tony Pedregon:

"I knew that lane choice was going to be critical here. I didn't think that the left lane, as far as Funny Cars went, would hold any kind of a decent run. When we lost lane choice basically going into the semifinals, we knew that Tony had a pretty serious advantage right there. It's hard to back your race car up a bunch to race the points leader and the guy who's out there setting low e.t. every round. We felt we backed it up to where it would go down it, but obviously the lane was worse than what we thought. I can tell you this: the Matco Tools Dodge Funny Car team is extremely committed. We'll keep our nose to the grinding wheel until we either beat the (John) Force team or we completely wear our noses off."

Bazemore, in second, trails points leader Tony Pedregon in the POWERade Drag Racing Series standings by 108 points following today's event.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Pedregon , Whit Bazemore