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Seattle winner Bazemore ready for more heat in Sonoma
Two-time U.S. Nationals champion Bazemore and the Matco Tools team have come back fighting after struggling early in the season and are back as top contenders in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Funny Car class.
"Our plan is to try to win again," says Bazemore, the 1999 Sonoma Funny Car titlist. "It does feel good coming to a race after having won, but the plate is clean and you have to do it all over again. Everyone basically starts at zero.
"What happened last week really has no bearing on what happens this week or next week. I'm sure it gives everyone on the team a little more confidence having a win under our belts, especially for crew chief Todd Okuhara. Your first win as a crew chief, I'm sure, is just tremendous. Same as your first win as a driver. It's a moment you never forget. Sometimes the first one takes the longest to get.
"It didn't take Todd very long and hopefully it's a sign of things to come.
"It's typically hot weather here," says Bazemore, who was No. 1 Funny Car qualifier here three times (1999, 2000, 2001). "I think right now we have a pretty good hot-weather tune-up, as evidenced by
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