Pomona Etchells Racing Saturday Pit Note

Whit Bazemore and the Kendall Motor Oil/Matco Tools Camaro Z28 Racing Team continued their search for performance during Saturday's final qualifying sessions for the AutoZone Winternationals in Pomona, CA. In each attempt, a loss of traction ...

Whit Bazemore and the Kendall Motor Oil/Matco Tools Camaro Z28 Racing Team continued their search for performance during Saturday's final qualifying sessions for the AutoZone Winternationals in Pomona, CA. In each attempt, a loss of traction prevented them from improving upon their initial pass. Even so, his 5.017-second elapsed time was strong enough to place Bazemore 7th on Sunday's final eliminations ladder, with a first-round encounter with 10th qualifier Phil Burkhart. This will mark the first time these two will meet in competition.

"We obviously struggled a bit in qualifying, apart from our first run. We feel our backs are a bit against the wall right now, and I know Tim (crew chief Richards) is not at all happy with how this car is reacting right now. I'm sure he's going to make some major changes before the first round tomorrow.

"Personally, I'm not that worried. This Kendall Camaro team is a bunch of fighters. Qualifying is no longer the issue - we're seventh. Our job now is to advance through eliminations. The car may not be running the way we'd like, but we have some great minds on this crew and we'll get a handle on it in due time.

"This is all part of the game. Sometimes you're going to struggle. I will go out there tomorrow fully expecting to win the race. That's how we approach it. We're going to be aggressive, go for the throat and get this old hot rod running right."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Whit Bazemore