Englishtown: Gary Densham preview

Densham set to prowl in shadow of Big Apple ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 20) - For Funny Car driver Gary Densham, Old Bridge Township Raceway Park brings back some great memories, like being his first stop at an east coast racetrack and winning two...

Densham set to prowl in shadow of Big Apple

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 20) - For Funny Car driver Gary Densham, Old Bridge Township Raceway Park brings back some great memories, like being his first stop at an east coast racetrack and winning two of its prestigious events. He's been back so many times since then he's lost count but is hoping for a third E-town win at this weekend's 38th annual ProCare Rx NHRA SuperNationals presented by R2B2 Motors.

"Old Bridge is one of those tracks that's been pretty good to this old boy," Densham said. "The track is like an old, comfortable pair of shoes. It just feels good. And if the weather is good, it can be bad fast."

Densham hopes to turn his season-long success at qualifying into advancement through the four rounds of eliminations that will ultimately earn him a long-deserved return trip to the winner's circle.

"Our Torco Racing Fuels/Racebricks Collectibles Chevy Impala SS has been right where we want it to be during qualifications," Densham said. "Race day has been a different story and that's what we'll be out to change this weekend. Some of our recent disappointments have come through no fault of our own, like the $18 bearing that decided to give up during the first round of eliminations in Chicago. These things are tough to accept but you have to move on."

Another thing that was tough for the former school teacher from Bellflower, Calif., to understand were the differences in philosophy between the east and west coasts.

"I'll never forget my first trip here," Densham said. "We stopped to get sodas and chips before we got to the track and ran smack dab into the middle of two 80-year-old women having a major disagreement over the ingredients they were using to make pizza. We Californian's are a bit more laid back than that. But I think it's indicative of how fiercely competitive the folks are in this part of the country and something this California boy can relate to."

-credit: dm

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