Englishtown: Whit Bazemore final summary

'REJUVENATED' BAZEMORE GOES TO QUARTERS IN E-TOWN ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 19, 2005) - Whit Bazemore reached the quarterfinal round today at the K&N Filters SuperNationals in Englishtown, N.J. after defeating Jeff Arend in a tire-smoking duel ...

'REJUVENATED' BAZEMORE GOES TO QUARTERS IN E-TOWN

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 19, 2005) - Whit Bazemore reached the quarterfinal round today at the K&N Filters SuperNationals in Englishtown, N.J. after defeating Jeff Arend in a tire-smoking duel in the opening round (5.947/227.61 for Bazemore, 6.555/151.87 for Arend).

Even though he lost the second round to his teammate Ron Capps, the Indianapolis resident posted his best run of the weekend of 4.844 seconds at 321.42 mph.

This straight, clean pass re-energized the driver of the Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Stratus, who has struggled in the last five events (four first-round losses and one DNQ) and has had to adjust to new crew chiefs and a new tune-up this weekend.

"We're excited," said Bazemore, who is now eighth in POWERade Drag Racing Series Funny Car points, just two short of seventh. "It's been a hard weekend, with all new guys, basically, and new leadership over here. I'm really proud of the guys on the Matco Tools team and the way they all came together and put the hardships behind us and worked hard. And, we went down the race track.

"We were fortunate during the first round, but I'm really, really glad that we were able to make that second lap today. It just gives everybody confidence. The car did exactly what (crew chiefs)Todd (Okuhara) and Dan (Olson) wanted it to do.

"Personally, I feel rejuvenated and I'm really excited about the rest of the season and what the future holds for the Matco Tools Dodge team."

Next up are the NHRA Nationals at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill., (outside of St. Louis, Mo.) June 24-26, 2005.

-dsr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Whit Bazemore , Ron Capps , Jeff Arend