By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Matco Tools Top Fuel Dragster pilot Whit Bazemore is the provisional No. 1 qualifier at the O’Reilly’s NHRA Spring Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas on Friday night. Bazemore went 4.514 at 326.87 to pick up the provisional No. 1 qualifier position.
“I’m surprised to be No. 1 to be honest,” Bazemore said, “especially after struggling in Round 1 and being the first pair out. After we put that up there I was sure someone would step it up, especially my teammate Rod Fuller since they knew our tune-up, but it didn’t happen.”
Vietnam Veterans/POW-MIA dragster pilot Melanie Troxel was the provisional No. 2 qualifier after she went 4.530 at 323.89 mph. Rod Fuller, Bazemore’s David Powers Motorsports teammate, then picked up the No. 3 qualifier position following his 4.533 at 326.56 mph in his Caterpillar dragster.
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Morgan Lucas was the No. 4 qualifier after he went 4.538 at 317.27 mph. Tony Schumacher was the No. 5 qualifier after his 4.558 at 312.50 mph pass.
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These drivers will attempt to hold their positions on Saturday with additional qualifying efforts. Eliminations will take place on Sunday.
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