Las Vegas II: Gary Scelzi Saturday summary

Scelzi struggles, qualifies no. 10 in Vegas. LAS VEGAS (Oct. 25, 2003) - Gary Scelzi and his Oakley Time Bomb Dodge Stratus Funny Car team qualified No. 10 for the ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals, the penultimate round of the 2003 NHRA POWERade...

Scelzi struggles, qualifies no. 10 in Vegas.

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 25, 2003) - Gary Scelzi and his Oakley Time Bomb Dodge Stratus Funny Car team qualified No. 10 for the ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals, the penultimate round of the 2003 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, by virtue of a 4.916/313.51 pass in today's third qualifying session.

In his final qualifying pass he coasted across the finish line in 9.711 seconds at 88.25 mph

"We have been running way lean because the air is so dry there are no water grains in it," he said. "And that was one of the reasons I over-revved it in the burnout last night. You speed the blower up because you're at altitude, but you're in the desert so you need more fuel. So we made the change on that last run and it was better, but we still didn't have enough on it.

"Tomorrow we should be back to normal. The tune-up should be what we want it to be, and we're going to chase Force. And hopefully he'll be seeing the back of the Oakley Dodge like he's seen twice this year."

Scelzi will face John Force in the first round of final eliminations, whom he's beat two out of the three times they've met this season.

-dsr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers John Force , Gary Scelzi