O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals
Bazemore earns 30th career pole
Entering the race third in the POWERade Top Fuel standings, the longtime Funny Car competitor paced the field with a Lee Beard tune-up as Bazemore blasted the Matco Tools dragster to a performance of 4.514 seconds at 326.87 mph. It was the quickest and fastest pass of the weekend. It is the 21st time that Bazemore and Beard have earned the pole as driver/crew chief. With the accomplishment, Bazemore joins an elite group of 15 drivers that include past champions such as Don “the Snake” Prudhomme, Kenny Bernstein and Gary Scelzi who have earned the top qualifying position in both Top Fuel and Funny Car.
“We’re disappointed not to have ran on Saturday,” Bazemore said. “We’d much rather have lost the top spot and gotten the track time. We’re excited though. It was the perfect run for those conditions. We’ll be ready for Sunday. We have the option to run further back in the order. Hopefully, we can continue winning rounds and improve on our results.”
“It was nice to finally outrun out teammates (Rod Fuller) this season,” Beard joked.
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