Gainesville: Gary Densham preview

Densham ready to sink his teeth into Gatornationals GAINESVILLE, Fla. (Mar. 13) - After a three-week break from the action, Funny Car driver Gary Densham is ready to get back to what he loves to do best -- NHRA POWERade Drag Racing. And there is...

Densham ready to sink his teeth into Gatornationals

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (Mar. 13) - After a three-week break from the action, Funny Car driver Gary Densham is ready to get back to what he loves to do best -- NHRA POWERade Drag Racing. And there is no place better to get back to work than fan-friendly Gainesville Raceway.

"The first two races are kind of a tune-up for the new year," Densham said. "Considering we only have from November to February to execute all the plans we've made for the next 23-event season, not everyone is completely ready. We also have a total of five weeks off between Pomona and Gainesville at the start of the season, including a stop in Phoenix, so the core events really get underway at the Gatornationals."

Having taken the Torco Racing Fuels Racebricks Chevy Monte Carlo to the semifinals in Phoenix three weeks ago, Densham feels his team is fully prepared for the Gators.

"We've won here before and I'll tell anyone that this team is ready to take on anybody in the field," Densham said. "We have the best bunch of guys in the business who want to race and win. We feel we're on a roll and what better place to show the world how serious we are than to take home a Wally from Florida.

"Gainesville to me is the Woodstock of drag racing. It's a happening for all those folks looking to escape the cold weather, the campers that follow our sport all-year long, and spectators alike. And if you've forgotten this is spring break weekend in Florida, there are always those sun-lovers that will remind you why they're here."

Densham Motorsports recently took delivery of the new Chevy Impala body, only the second one off the assembly line. But, according the Densham, it won't make the trip to the ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals.

"We had hoped to debut the new body in Gainesville but we just didn't have enough time to fit the rear spoiler to it," Densham said. "Our new chassis is in the works too so we took the changes we made to the steering system on the current car and applied it to the new one. It will be one less thing to worry about down the road."

Qualifying highlights of the ACDelco NHRA GatorNationals will be televised at 1:30 a.m. Eastern on ESPN2 Sunday, March 18, with final eliminations starting at 5 p.m. Eastern

-credit: dm

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