Denver: Gary Densham Friday summary

Densham racing on top of the mountain DENVER (July 15, 2005) -- Gary Densham is doing everything he can to keep the momentum from the last NHRA POWERade event. The last race, three weeks ago, resulted in a semifinal appearance for the ...

Densham racing on top of the mountain

DENVER (July 15, 2005) -- Gary Densham is doing everything he can to keep the momentum from the last NHRA POWERade event. The last race, three weeks ago, resulted in a semifinal appearance for the Racebricks.com Chevy Monte Carlo team.

During the second round of qualifying Friday Densham drove a 5.034-second pass at 303.43 to earn the No. 13 spot. Densham thought, however, the pass was quicker.

"I'm so happy that we are qualified and in the show, but I really thought we went quicker than that," Densham said. "So I am a little disappointed in the run but I think we can come back and do better on Saturday. After driving these cars for 30 years I've become real good at guessing the E.T. and I'm usually real close. It felt like it was better than a 5.03. I thought we were in the 4.94-range."

Qualifying for the 26th annual Mopar Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway continues Saturday with sessions at 3 and 6 p.m. Bandimere continues to be one of the more difficult tracks for drivers and crew chiefs. With an elevation of 5,860 feet above sea level, the conditions present a number of challenges for every team.

"You go into Denver and you know that you are going to work extra hard and it is still going to be an oddball weekend," Densham said. "You want to do your best and you want to win, but the data at Bandimere won't help you anywhere else.

"That still doesn't change the fact that we are going to come back out here tomorrow and try and get this Racebricks car down the track and get ready for the elimination rounds on Sunday."

ESPN2 will air coverage of this weekend's event starting with qualifying at 8 p.m. (ET) on Saturday. Final eliminations can be seen on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. (ET) on Sunday. NHRA 2Day starts at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, also on ESPN2.

-gdr-

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