Gray loses to teammate Bazemore in first round in Texas ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 26, 2004) - Johnny Gray and Don Schumacher's Wonder Wagon Dodge Funny Car had another tough day today in eliminations for the O'Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas...
Gray loses to teammate Bazemore in first round in Texas
ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 26, 2004) - Johnny Gray and Don Schumacher's Wonder Wagon Dodge Funny Car had another tough day today in eliminations for the O'Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex. Competing in only his second event for Don Schumacher Racing since he joined the team for the U.S. Nationals on Labor Day (the Reading, Pa., event was postponed because of rain), he found himself matched up against one of his teammates in the first round.
At the U.S. Nationals he lost to Gary Scelzi, and today it was Whit Bazemore.
No. 13 qualifier Gray launched first at the starting light with a .069 reaction time to Bazemore's .105, and it looked like it would be a race to the finish until the Wonder Wagon smoked the tires at half-track. It was all over for Gray, as Bazemore clicked off the win with a 4.957-second pass at 300.60 mph to Gray's losing 7.397/113.86.
"Well, I guess that's what happens when you're in a three-car Funny Car team," said Gray. "You're bound to meet up with one of your teammates at some point. To meet up with both of my teammates in my first two races with Don Schumacher Racing seems a little odd, but that's how it goes.
"(Crew chief) Dan Olson and the Wonder Wagon Dodge team are still working on testing different components and parts on this car for the future, so qualifying for each event has been very important, but it would also be nice if we could go more rounds. Next time."
Next up is the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., Oct. 1-3.