Las Vegas II: Gary Scelzi Friday summary

Scelzi in no. 10 on Friday night in Vegas LAS VEGAS (Oct. 24, 2003) - Following a stout 4.956-second pass at 311. 92 mph in the first round (fastest speed of that round) Gary Scelzi had an uncharacteristic miscue in the second qualifying session...

Scelzi in no. 10 on Friday night in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 24, 2003) - Following a stout 4.956-second pass at 311. 92 mph in the first round (fastest speed of that round) Gary Scelzi had an uncharacteristic miscue in the second qualifying session and traveled the quarter-mile in only 5.053 seconds at 285.65 mph. This resulted in a No. 10 qualifying effort, not the No. 1 he was aiming for.

"I over-revved it in the burnout," he said. "I'm not hiding it. "This Oakley Dodge is peppy. We were going to run for the pole and I just got it too high in the burnout and it's hard to pull back on the throttle. I just blew it. I hurt a piston on the burnout. When I backed up and hit the gas it knocked the piston out of it. It had seven cylinders all the way down the race track. It cost us an oildown and it was not a pretty picture for the driver."

"I don't make a lot of mistakes, but this was a dumb one. So I get to wear the dunce cap."

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