Brainerd: Gary Scelzi Saturday summary

SCELZI BREAKS TRACK RECORD, GRABS NO. 5 IN QUALIFYING BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 13, 2005) - Gary Scelzi had the Top Fuel record he held here at Brainerd Int'l Raceway since 1999 broken today (teammate Tony Schumacher's 337.58 mph run), but set a new...

SCELZI BREAKS TRACK RECORD, GRABS NO. 5 IN QUALIFYING

BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 13, 2005) - Gary Scelzi had the Top Fuel record he held here at Brainerd Int'l Raceway since 1999 broken today (teammate Tony Schumacher's 337.58 mph run), but set a new track record in Funny Car in the Mopar/Oakley Dodge Stratus R/T Funny Car rocket ship he drives for Don Schumacher Racing. Scelzi qualified No. 5 for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals today with a 4.770-second elapsed time at 328.70 mph.

The Fresno, Calif., native has set fastest lap in Funny Car 18 times so far since he entered the class in 2002, and if he holds on to this record after eliminations on Sunday, he'll have 19 to his credit.

Scelzi recorded these numbers in today's first session in the middle of the day. It was his only strong pass in two days of qualifying. The other rounds included a 5.758/170.51, an 8.821/88.88 and a 6.476/138.36 in the final run.

"I lost the record in Top Fuel and gained the speed record in Funny Car," said Scelzi, who gained two points on Funny Car leader Robert Hight (who qualified 10th) and is just 14 points out of the top spot in NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series standings.

"I'm still not real pleased that we only went down the race track once," he added. "That's not a comforting feeling going into first round tomorrow. Mike (Neff, crew chief) doesn't seem to be concerned. We've been here before, but I think we were just trying to cut too low an ET. We need to get over that and just get down the race track."

"Hopefully tomorrow we're going to race smart, and maybe we'll leave here the points leader."

Scelzi faces No. 12 qualifier Tony Bartone in first round of eliminations.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Bartone , Tony Schumacher , Gary Scelzi , Don Schumacher , Robert Hight