Houston Etchells Racing Friday Pit Note

After broken blower belt slowed him during his first qualifying attempt at Friday's O'Reilly Nationals, Whit Bazemore found himself in the unusual position of being outside the top sixteen when he staged for the evening session. However, Bazemore...

After broken blower belt slowed him during his first qualifying attempt at Friday's O'Reilly Nationals, Whit Bazemore found himself in the unusual position of being outside the top sixteen when he staged for the evening session. However, Bazemore quickly took care of that situation, scorching the Houston Raceway Park quarter mile in 4.886 seconds with a top speed of 311.13 mph. This gained the Kendall Motor Oil/Matco Tools Camaro Z28 the provisional 3rd spot with another two rounds remaining on Saturday. Despite the accomplishment, Bazemore made sure to keep things in their proper perspective.

"Obviously, we're pretty happy with the '. 88. We were also on a good run in the earlier session when the belt broke, so we had two pretty strong passes. Even so, no one over here is celebrating. Our goal is consistency. We've been in a slump, and we are going to keep working to make sure we get out of it.

"There is a lot left in this Kendall/Matco Camaro, and I'm confident we're going to find it. If there is cloud cover tomorrow, the number one qualifier may not yet be determined. This asphalt and the concrete here in Houston are outstanding, and the current weather conditions are great for us.

"But our top priority is to have a strong race. All we want to do today and tomorrow is get a good qualifying position, and get ready for Sunday. That is all we are thinking about."

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Drivers Whit Bazemore