Joliet: Gary Densham Saturday summary

Densham qualifies with tough Chicago crowd JOLIET, Ill (June 11, 2005) -- Before Gary Densham could leave Route 66 Raceway Saturday night he had some work to do. He may be the driver when the car is started and roaring to blaze down the ...

Densham qualifies with tough Chicago crowd

JOLIET, Ill (June 11, 2005) -- Before Gary Densham could leave Route 66 Raceway Saturday night he had some work to do. He may be the driver when the car is started and roaring to blaze down the quarter-mile. But when the car is silent, Densham has many duties.

"We have dinner plans tonight but I can't leave too early or the guys will shout at me," the veteran Funny Car driver said as he was washing parts. "We are all working so hard and working so many extra hours that it's hard to leave without the entire group. We still have a lot to learn, but we've come a long way already.

"We ran some of the best numbers of the season so far this weekend. We would have liked to have done better, but anyone out here can say the same thing."

Densham and the Racebricks.com Chevy Monte Carlo team earned the No. 14 spot in qualifying with a 4.887-second pass at 314.02 mph during the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway. Final eliminations start at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

The weather was hot and humid throughout each of the four qualifying sessions but Densham said the track wasn't adversely affected.

"I think we are going to see some great racing tomorrow because the track was prepared so well and it is so good right now that the heat didn't seem to bother the track at all," Densham said. "We got a little too aggressive during the last session but we wanted to see what we were capable of so we pushed it. The car was going along pretty well at the beginning but didn't finish well. Hopefully we learned something from the pass. We have to keep experimenting to see what this Racebricks car can do.

"I'm real happy with what we accomplished so far because this was a great field with quality cars and quick performance numbers. Any time you see a team like Whit Bazemore's post a DNQ you know it's a tough group. I'm happy we're in and racing on Sunday."

Final eliminations start at 11 a.m. Sunday. ESPN2 will air coverage of this weekend's event starting with qualifying at 6 p.m. (ET) on Saturday. Final eliminations will start at 3 p.m. (ET) on Sunday. NHRA 2Day can be seen at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday on ESPN2.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Whit Bazemore , Gary Densham