Joliet: Whit Bazemore preview

Whit Bazemore "We've had a lot of good success there in the past. I think we're going there at a good time for our team where we're in a position to do very well. It's one of my very favorite tracks, so we always look forward to going to ...

Whit Bazemore
"We've had a lot of good success there in the past. I think we're going there at a good time for our team where we're in a position to do very well. It's one of my very favorite tracks, so we always look forward to going to Joliet."

Last weekend in Topeka, Kan., Bazemore qualified third (4.534 Seconds) and drove to a quarterfinal effort. He moved to eighth in the POWERade Top Fuel standings.

Bazemore qualified second at the ultra-quick Joliet track last June with a 4.674-second elapsed time. It was the quickest Funny Car pass of his career.

Bazemore won the inaugural Joliet race in 1998 when he defeated Del Worsham in the final round. He has three victories in four final round appearances at the Joliet track. It is one of six tracks where he has scored multiple victories.

Bazemore earned the pole twice in Chicago behind the wheel of his Lee Beard-tuned Matco Tools Funny Car, 2001 (4.750 seconds) and 2003 (4.725).

Bazemore has earned top speed of the meet honors four times at Route 66 Raceway, 2001 (325.45 mph), 2002 (320.97, 325.14), and 2004 (333.25). He recorded low E.T. of the meet in 2001 (4.750 seconds).

He clocked the fastest pass of his career at the Chicago race in June 2004 (333.25 mph).

Baze Banters About Chicago...

Chicago: "Lincoln Park"

Route 66 Raceway: "Speed"

Favorite Joliet-area cycling route: "West of Joliet around some of the farm roads"

Favorite local restaurant: "Tallgrass in Lockport, Ill."

Favorite Route 66 Raceway racing memory: "Winning the first Joliet race in '98"

-credit: dpm

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NHRA
Drivers Whit Bazemore