Etchells Racing Saturday Houston Pit Note

Whit Bazemore and the Kendall Motor Oil/Matco Tools Camaro Z28 Racing Team put together one of their most consistent qualifying efforts of the season at this weekend's O'Reilly Nationals, ending with the quickest pass of the final session on ...

Whit Bazemore and the Kendall Motor Oil/Matco Tools Camaro Z28 Racing Team put together one of their most consistent qualifying efforts of the season at this weekend's O'Reilly Nationals, ending with the quickest pass of the final session on Saturday at 4.926 seconds with a top speed of 311.27 mph. However, Bazemore's run of record remained his 4.884-second, 311.13 mph effort from Friday night, placing him 3rd on Sunday's final eliminations ladder. This set the stage for a first-round encounter with 14th qualifier Bob Weigennant, whom Bazemore defeated in their only previous meeting in Reading, PA two years ago.

"We're happy with the weekend to this point, because we were able to run a lot more consistently than we have all season. We learned something on every run. For example, in our first pass this morning, we got of the groove a little bit, which was due in part to the strong crosswind we had here today. For this afternoon's session, I was able to compensate for it, and correct the car before it moved.

"However, the real test is tomorrow. Winning on Sunday is the only thing that really counts here, and we've got to overcome the raceway gremlins that have hounded us of late. Although some have been self-inflicted, others have just been bad luck. After suffering a couple first-round losses in the last few races, we've learned not to take anyone or anything for granted. I know everyone on this Kendall/Matco Camaro team is going to focus on being ready for the first round, and on getting the job done the way we know how."

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Drivers Whit Bazemore