As he pulled into The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday morning, Whit Bazemore knew he would have his hands full in the first round of eliminations. Not only would he be facing a tough competitor in veteran Al Hofmann, but he would...
As he pulled into The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday morning, Whit Bazemore knew he would have his hands full in the first round of eliminations. Not only would he be facing a tough competitor in veteran Al Hofmann, but he would also have to do so without the advantage of lane choice, a fact that loomed large considering the green nature of the brand-new facility. Even so, the Kendall Motor Oil/Matco Tools Camaro Z28 Racing Team remained confident as they rolled to the line for the opening round of the SummitRacing.com Nationals.
Leaving with identical reaction times, the two cars rocketed down the track as if locked together. However, at about 1000 feet telltale smoke from the rear of Bazemore's machine indicated a speed-robbing loss of traction, resulting in a 5.134-second elapsed time. In the meantime, Hofmann recorded the quickest pass of the round at 4.951 seconds, ending Bazemore's day.
"Even though we are mired in this slump, this Kendall/Matco Camaro team continues to make the effort, which as a driver is all you can ask. I know how good this team is, and wouldn't trade these guys for anyone else. We were simply outrun. That was an outstanding pass on their (Hoffman's) part - I know we weren't trying to run a .95. We don't like it, but it's a part of racing.
"Nevertheless, we did manage to make some progress this weekend. The best part about today is that we have a race next weekend, so hopefully we can take what we learned this weekend and build on it in Houston. It's imperative for us to get our season turned around."