Pomona II: Whit Bazemore Friday summary

Bazemore stays no. 2 through two qualifying sessions in Pomona POMONA, Calif. - (Nov. 7, 2003) - Whit Bazemore's Matco Tools Dodge Stratus Funny Car wiggled a little bit down the quarter mile in Thursday's first qualifying session of the ...

Bazemore stays no. 2 through two qualifying sessions in Pomona

POMONA, Calif. - (Nov. 7, 2003) - Whit Bazemore's Matco Tools Dodge Stratus Funny Car wiggled a little bit down the quarter mile in Thursday's first qualifying session of the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals, and nearly crossed the centerline in the second session today. The good news, however, is that he still produced two strong runs to place him No. 2 in the field with two qualifying sessions remaining. Yesterday's 4.802-second elapsed time at 320.58 mph placed him solidly in the field, and today's 4.827/318.02 pass was the quickest and fastest of that round.

"Yesterday was good. And today was really good," he said. "We were low E.T. of the day today and that's all you can ask for. (Crew chief Lee) Beard and the guys read the track and the conditions perfectly and they got the Matco Tools Dodge to shoot right down the track."

"We did have a problem. We had to run tonight on the inside of our lane, the right lane, which means we were way over to the left to begin with. I kind of fought it. It's hard to see here in the afternoon with the sun and the clutch dust. There's a lot of glare in the car; you can't see the groove at all. We were just a little inside of where we thought we were. At the finish line it just shot over left and we got close to the cones. We were able to fight it back and not cross the center line so it's all good. No big deal. Low E.T. of the day is perfect."

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