Las Vegas II: Whit Bazemore Friday summary

Bazemore takes no. 2 in Friday night qualifying in Vegas LAS VEGAS (Oct. 24, 2003) - Whit Bazemore drove his Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Stratus into No. 2 position in tonight's qualifying session in a side-by-side pass against his rival for...

Bazemore takes no. 2 in Friday night qualifying in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 24, 2003) - Whit Bazemore drove his Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Stratus into No. 2 position in tonight's qualifying session in a side-by-side pass against his rival for the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Funny Car champion Tony Pedregon. Bazemore pulled out a 4.847-second pass at 310.05 mph to Pedregon's No. 1 run of 4.753/322.88.

"We're happy," said Bazemore, who posted a 5.007/292.01 in today's first session at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. "We made a good run and we're No. 2. We're in good shape for tomorrow. Tomorrow is important to establish a good race-day baseline. The track was pretty different today in each of the two sessions."

While tonight's qualifying was under cooler conditions, tomorrow's two rounds will be in the heat of the day, similar to today's first session. "It was hot earlier today (in the first session) and the track was difficult to go down," added Bazemore. "So we'll probably have more of that tomorrow, which kind of makes tonight irrelevant other than we're qualified solidly. That's all that matters."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Pedregon , Whit Bazemore