Madison: Whit Bazemore Saturday summary

BAZEMORE EARNS FOURTH NO. 2 OF SEASON AT GATEWAY MADISON, Ill. (June 24, 2006) - Whit Bazemore and the Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car team continue to impress, with Bazemore earning his fourth No. 2 qualifying position of the...

BAZEMORE EARNS FOURTH NO. 2 OF SEASON AT GATEWAY

MADISON, Ill. (June 24, 2006) - Whit Bazemore and the Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car team continue to impress, with Bazemore earning his fourth No. 2 qualifying position of the season today at the O'Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway International Raceway.

The two-time U.S. Nationals champion came up just .003 of a second short of the pole, establishing a 4.806-second elapsed time at 325.37 mph (top speed of the meet), in the final qualifying session under the lights.

His other passes included a 6.166/154.37 (for No. 9), a 4.850/318.24 (for No. 2), and a 6.108/152.73.

"I know (crew chiefs) Todd (Okuhara) and Brian (Corradi) had a tune-up in it to run low ET, if that's what it took. And I know when we ran (in the last pair), low ET was [Robert Hight's] 4.803, so we backed it down just a little bit and that's it.

"It's all good. We're competitive. You always want to be No. 1 qualifier, but the important thing is to be in the top half and be prepared for race day. We feel very confident that we are."

Bazemore faces NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Funny Car points leader Ron Capps in first round of eliminations on Sunday.

-dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Whit Bazemore , Robert Hight