Houston Chuck Etchells Racing Post-Race Wrap-Up

Bazemore Banter Final Results from the 14th annual Matco Tools SuperNationals Bazemore's day cut short at the Matco Tools SuperNationals Day/Date: Sunday, October 31, 1999 Location: Houston Raceway Park Baytown, Texas After qualifying 2nd,...

Bazemore Banter Final Results from the 14th annual Matco Tools SuperNationals

Bazemore's day cut short at the Matco Tools SuperNationals

Day/Date: Sunday, October 31, 1999 Location: Houston Raceway Park Baytown, Texas

After qualifying 2nd, Whit Bazemore and the Kendall Oil/Superwinch Camaro Z28 Racing team had high hopes entering Sunday's final eliminations of the Matco Tools SuperNationals in Baytown, Texas. However, they entered their first round encounter against Kenny Sayers with two unknowns. First, was their opponent, who Bazemore had never faced previously. In addition, a cool front had followed a late evening rainstorm into the Houston area, presenting the racers with altogether different conditions. Even so, the Etchells team confidence remained high, and Bazemore seemed ready to claim the round win by grabbing the advantage by almost a tenth of second at the start. But Bazemore's charge was once again thwarted by a loss of traction, and despite repeated attempts to regain control, he was unable to gather enough momentum, thus prematurely ending his day.

"It just smoked the tires at the hit, which is disappointing, but personally irrelevant. Regardless of what the car does, we should be able to run a 5.80 at the worst. We've done it before under similar conditions. For example, if you look at our semi-final run in Dallas last week (when Bazemore lost traction against Tommy Johnson Jr.), we probably could have gone 5.50 or better if I hadn't shut it off. From that aspect, I'm more discouraged with myself more than anything else, because I couldn't get our Kendall Camaro to recover and go down the track. Sometimes, no matter what you do, it won't ever come back, but I firmly believe that if I'm on my game I can regain control. Going back to last week's run, the circumstances were fairly identical, but this time it just wouldn't hook back up. We just got beat on a bad run. It makes you sick to your stomach, but that's racing."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Whit Bazemore , Chuck Etchells , Tommy Johnson Jr.