Pomona: Whit Bazemore preview

"Going in with a new team and a new type of race car, it's very exciting to me, Bazemore said. "I think the success we had in testing takes some of the pressure off. I like pressure, but it give us confidence in the team, car and entire program....

"Going in with a new team and a new type of race car, it's very exciting to me, Bazemore said. "I think the success we had in testing takes some of the pressure off. I like pressure, but it give us confidence in the team, car and entire program. We have a lot of confidence and we're going there with expectations of being able to win the race given how we ran at testing at Phoenix."

Bazemore Winternationals Notebook

Last season, Bazemore finished ninth in the NHRA Funny Car standings despite missing the final five races of the season. He earned one victory (Seattle) in three final-around appearances in 2006.

Bazemore qualified sixth last season at the Winternationals with a 4.763-second elapsed time. He fell in the opening round of eliminations to Bob Gilbertson despite having the best reaction time of the round (.055 of-a-second).

Bazemore has advanced to the final round at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona twice: Pomona 2 2001 (to Del Worsham), Pomona 3 2001 (to John Force).

Bazemore has qualified in the No. 1 position twice at Auto Club Raceway: Pomona 2 2001 (4.741 seconds), Pomona 3 2001 (4.816 seconds). The highest he has qualified at the Winternationals is second (2002-03).

Auto Club Raceway is one of 9 current tracks where Bazemore has yet to win a race. He has claimed victories at 12 race tracks, and multiple wins at 6 tracks.

Baze Banters About Pomona...

Auto Club Raceway at Pomona:
"The Winternationals"

Favorite Pomona-area cycling route:
"Glendora Mountain Road to Mount Baldy"

Favorite local restaurants:
"All India Cafe in Pasadena and El Cholo Cafe in South Pasadena"

Favorite Pomona Raceway memory:

"The first time I went there, as a junior in high school, it was also my first time in California. The next morning I saw snow on Mount Baldy. Going to the Winternationals was the pinnacle for me at that point in my life. Living in Atlanta, I wouldn't have seen any new cars until the springtime. It was as if I had died and gone to heaven."

-credit: dpm

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Series NHRA
Drivers Bob Gilbertson , Del Worsham , Whit Bazemore , John Force