Indianapolis: Whit Bazemore Saturday summary

Bazemore No. 2 behind teammate in first day of Indy qualifying INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 30, 2003) - Whit Bazemore made it an all-Schumacher Racing Funny Car "front row" after the first day of qualifying for the prestigious U.S. Nationals, by claiming...

Bazemore No. 2 behind teammate in first day of Indy qualifying

INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 30, 2003) - Whit Bazemore made it an all-Schumacher Racing Funny Car "front row" after the first day of qualifying for the prestigious U.S. Nationals, by claiming the No. 2 position behind his teammate Gary Scelzi. Bazemore was paired with his rival John Force as the final duo to go down the track in the second session. It was an impressive run for both. Neither bumped Scelzi, who was in the first match-up of the evening, out of No. 1, but Bazemore clocked a 4.767-second pass at 323.74 mph to take the No. 2 spot, while Force settled for third with a 4.780/317.94.

In the first qualifying session Bazemore took his Matco Tools Dodge Stratus to a 4.856/318.84 lap against his rival for the championship Tony Pedregon, which put him second at that time behind Force, who is third in the championship.

"It was a great effort by the guys," said the two-time U.S. Nationals champion. "The Oakley team over there are running awfully strong lately and they're low right now. It's great for Schumacher Racing. I wish we were three hundredths (of a second) quicker, but we're not.

"We made two good runs tonight and today. We're in a good position. We're plenty happy."

Bazemore admitted that he was pleased to have driven around his rivals Pedregon and Force in the qualifying runs, but his focus is on final eliminations, he said. "Anytime you run those guys and you beat them to the finish line it means something because they're THE guys. We always know when we're running them. But it's only qualifying. The most important day for us now that we're in the show is Monday. Monday is the day. We'll see what were made of on Monday. I have a feeling we'll be pretty tough."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Pedregon , Whit Bazemore , John Force , Gary Scelzi