Pomona Etchells Racing Thursday Notes

Despite facing a multitude of off-season rules changes, Whit Bazemore and the Kendall Motor Oil/Matco Tools Racing team showed mid-season form in their first official pass of the 2000 NHRA season. Bazemore's 5.017-second, 305.36 mph effort ...

Despite facing a multitude of off-season rules changes, Whit Bazemore and the Kendall Motor Oil/Matco Tools Racing team showed mid-season form in their first official pass of the 2000 NHRA season. Bazemore's 5.017-second, 305.36 mph effort placed him 2nd on the Funny Car qualifying ladder with three sessions remaining on Friday and Saturday.

"It's funny, because after the run, Chuck (team owner Etchells) remarked to me 'Who'd ever thought we'd be happy with a 5.01'," explained Bazemore, "and that about sums it up. Under these new rules, that's a pretty good run. The team set our Kendall Camaro up perfectly, and it was probably one of the easiest runs we've made, which makes us feel pretty good."

Bazemore also commented about how the new rules affected the car from the driver's perspective.

"By and large, the car is still exciting to drive, but it's definitely not a mid-4.80 type run. Those were always a handful and probably a bigger challenge. It's different because we're not making the same power yet. Whether we will later in the year under this new 90% nitromethane rule remains to be seen."

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