Joliet II: Gary Densham preview

Densham rooting around for big numbers in Chi-town JOLIET, Ill. (Sept. 28, 2005) -- Drag racing is all about speed and acceleration, so it should come as no surprise that Racebricks-sponsored Funny Car driver Gary Densham is excited about this...

Densham rooting around for big numbers in Chi-town

JOLIET, Ill. (Sept. 28, 2005) -- Drag racing is all about speed and acceleration, so it should come as no surprise that Racebricks-sponsored Funny Car driver Gary Densham is excited about this weekend's Ameriquest NHRA Nationals in Joliet, Ill. After all, Route 66 Raceway remains the quickest and fastest track in the country for Funny Cars with 13-time champion John Force's 4.665 at 333.58 mph from one year ago remaining the standard in the class.

"It's always fun to go to a place where you know you can throw everything you've got at the tune-up and it'll stick," Densham said. "We probably don't have enough to challenge John's national records, in fact with the new rev-limiter deal I don't know that anyone will challenge it, but we have been closing in on a good, solid tune-up that works for us.

"What I'd love more than anything else is to get a win for Marty (Yacoobian, owner of Racebricks Collectables), Evan (Knoll, of Torco Fuels), and the rest of the people that have stood by us this year. You can't look too far down the road so we'll race the track and try to qualify well and take our chances on Sunday."

Densham, a former high school auto shop teacher, has career-best numbers of 4.706 seconds at 329.75 mph, which were both recorded 10 months ago when he raced under the John Force Racing umbrella. His best numbers this season, his first back with his own race team, show a 4.835 at 318.17 mph.

"We ran our best times in the heat so it wouldn't hurt my feelings at all if it was a little warmer than usual in Chicago," Densham said. "At the same time there's something extra cool about pulling up there when the conditions are just right and shooting for a big number. That's more in line with what we'll probably see.

"Either way, I'm excited about going up there and racing. We got an extra weekend off due to Hurricane Rita, which gave us time to recharge our batteries and get everything set with the racecar. Now we're all anxious to smell some nitro."

Qualifying for the event starts Friday with sessions at 4 and 7 p.m. before qualifying continues Saturday at 1 and 4 p.m. Final eliminations begin at 11 a.m. Sunday.

ESPN2 will air coverage of this weekend's event starting with qualifying at 5 p.m. (ET) on Saturday. Final eliminations will start at 8 p.m. (ET) on Sunday. NHRA 2Day can be seen at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday on ESPN2.

-gdr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers John Force , Gary Densham