Whit Bazemore put together one of the most consistent efforts in Funny Car during qualifying for the Moto1.net NHRA Nationals. In each of the three sessions, Bazemore not only improved upon his previous effort, but recorded an elapsed time that...
Whit Bazemore put together one of the most consistent efforts in Funny Car during qualifying for the Moto1.net NHRA Nationals. In each of the three sessions, Bazemore not only improved upon his previous effort, but recorded an elapsed time that was among the top three for that particular time trial. His run of record came on his final attempt on Saturday afternoon, when the Kendall Motor Oil/Matco Tools Camaro Z28 powered down the Virginia Motorsports Park track in 4.910 seconds with a top speed of 308.21 mph. This placed Bazemore 4th for Sunday's final eliminations. His first round opponent will be thirteenth qualifier Bruce Sarver, marking the first time these two will meet in competition.
"It feels really good to have the Kendall/Matco Camaro perform as consistently as it did throughout qualifying. Although we always want to be No.1, I'd rather have three solid 4.90 runs, as we did, instead of one 4.88 and a couple of 5.0's. That's how you win rounds and races. One of our problems this season was that, although we had been quick on occasion, we weren't really able to put a good string together. When you combine what we've done so far here with our performance in Houston, you can see why the whole team is excited.
"That last pass was another handful. After yesterday's run, I knew to prepare for the car shooting towards the wall when it got to the bumps, which of course it did. I had my hands completely crossed with the wheel locked in other direction. Even so, it still got slightly out of the groove and spun the tires a bit, which cost us some e.t..
"This can be a difficult track to get down, and we were able to run well on both sides. Fortunately we have lane choice for the first round tomorrow, and we plan to keep it all day."
Bazemore also commented on how his opponent's car will be tuned by three crew members who used to work for Bazemore when he had his own team.
"Those guys are all good friends of mine, and they needed that last run just to get in the show. They've been really struggling this year, and before this afternoon's session, I went over to Rob (Flynn, crew chief for Sarver), and wished them good luck, which I hardly ever do to anyone. But tomorrow is a different story. I feel bad that we meet them in the first round, because they need a good run, but so do we. They may be hungry and frustrated, but this Kendall/Matco Camaro team is going to do everything it can to make them wait for another race."