On the strength of a 4.955-second elapsed time recorded in Friday night's qualifying session, Kendall Motor Oil/Matco Tools Camaro Z28 pilot Whit Bazemore collected the number one qualifying position for the FRAM Autolite Nationals at Sears...
On the strength of a 4.955-second elapsed time recorded in Friday night's qualifying session, Kendall Motor Oil/Matco Tools Camaro Z28 pilot Whit Bazemore collected the number one qualifying position for the FRAM Autolite Nationals at Sears Point Raceway. This marked Bazemore's second successive pole at Sears Point Raceway and extended his current streak of consecutive top qualifying efforts to three, the first Funny Car driver to accomplish the feat this season. Bazemore's first round opponent will be No. 16 qualifier Dale Creasy Jr., whom Bazemore has defeated in both prior encounters. However, Bazemore's elation at his qualifying achievement was somewhat tempered by the fact that he lost traction in both attempts on Saturday, depriving crew chief Terry Manzer of information that could prove valuable in tuning the car for final eliminations.
"That was a great run last night, and it shows how much power we have in our Camaro. That power is one of the characteristics of Terry Manzer's tune-up, and we've just got to harness it. When we can, this Kendall/Matco team is awfully hard to beat. However, this weekend we've showed some small signs of struggling. I know Terry and the team are working on it, because to win races you have to go down the racetrack. It's simply a matter of finding the right balance.
"We have a tough competitor in Dale Creasy Jr. in the first round, and as we showed last week in Seattle (when Bazemore was upset by Tommy Johnson Jr.), every round is a challenge. The fact that (current Funny Car points leader) Jerry Toliver didn't qualify shows how tough this game is, and that anyone who qualifies has a fairly legitimate chance of winning the race. This Sonoma track is a tough one, and we have our work cut out for us tomorrow. I know I'm up to it, and so is the team. We're going to be ready to rock n' roll and try to repeat as winners of the FRAM Autolite Nationals."