Gainesville: Gary Scelzi Saturday summary

Scelzi makes field in final qualifying round. GARY SCELZI, OAKLEY "GRAB LIFE BY THE HORNS" DODGE STRATUS R/T, after being bumped out of the field in today's third round of qualifying when he posted a 5.406/191.28, came back in the final round to...

Scelzi makes field in final qualifying round.

GARY SCELZI, OAKLEY "GRAB LIFE BY THE HORNS" DODGE STRATUS R/T, after being bumped out of the field in today's third round of qualifying when he posted a 5.406/191.28, came back in the final round to collect a No. 10 spot. He and his Oakley Dodge team breathed a sigh of relief by getting his new red Dodge down the quarter-mile with a 4.873-second pass at 313.69 mph.

SCELZI: "We came here to 'Grab Life By the Horns' with this new red Dodge and I feel like we've grabbed the track by the throat. I think that took 10 years off my life. No question about it, the Oakley Dodge is way better than what is shown in the POWERade points and it's way better on the race track than it looks like in the standings. We just got behind on Friday and today it smoked the tires way down the race track and I shut it off (in today's first session). I didn't expect it to smoke the tire where it did, and normally when it's down there and it smokes the tire that hard and you stay with it there's a big kaboom to follow. And instinct just told me not to. If I had to do it over again, yes, I'd stay with it and let it kaboom. It all worked out well; it showed what this team is made of and what I've been talking about since I started here. Mike Neff (crew chief) is a genius. He knew where to slow it down, what to do and the car went right down the race track (in the final round). So, we know what to do in the sun and we should know what to do tomorrow. We'll see what the weather brings here in Florida, but I feel pretty good."

-dsr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Gary Scelzi , Mike Neff