Joliet II: Whit Bazemore final summary

MECHANICAL GLITCH PUTS BAZEMORE OUT IN FIRST ROUND IN CHICAGO JOLIET, Ill. (Oct. 2, 2005) - Whit Bazemore looked like he was en route to a strong performance at this weekend's Ameriquest Mortgage Nationals at Route 66 Raceway after posting for...

MECHANICAL GLITCH PUTS BAZEMORE OUT IN FIRST ROUND IN CHICAGO

JOLIET, Ill. (Oct. 2, 2005) - Whit Bazemore looked like he was en route to a strong performance at this weekend's Ameriquest Mortgage Nationals at Route 66 Raceway after posting for good runs to qualify seventh.

But a mechanical problem in his first-round match-up against title contender Eric Medlen put the driver of the Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Stratus R/T Funny Car on the sidelines for the rest of the event.

Bazemore launched .025 of a second ahead of the John Force Racing driver and was in front at half-track when the problem occurred, resulting in a small fire which caused him to slow to a 4.962/261.32 pass while Medlen crossed the finish line first with a 4.811/323.81.

"It broke an exhaust rocker arm," he explained. "Drove it a while, because we were ahead and what happens then is it just gives the motor way too much boost, makes it very, very lean and cylinder pressure goes sky high, and it didn't like that.

"So, it blew up and we didn't win the race.

"Cars are always replaceable. You always hurt stuff; it's irrelevant. We don't care about hurting the car, it's about winning the round and continuing to improve our team - we've come a long way - and try to make our team as perfect as we can.

"The hardest thing for us to take is not winning the rounds."

Next up is the re-scheduled O'Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals in Dallas, Texas, Oct. 7-9, 2005.

-dsr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Whit Bazemore , John Force , Eric Medlen