Madison: Gary Scelzi Saturday summary

SCELZI NAILS DOWN NO. 8 IN GATEWAY QUALIFYING MADISON, Ill. (June 24, 2006) - Gary Scelzi entered the final Funny Car qualifying session today for the O'Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway International Raceway outside of the 16-car ...

SCELZI NAILS DOWN NO. 8 IN GATEWAY QUALIFYING

MADISON, Ill. (June 24, 2006) - Gary Scelzi entered the final Funny Car qualifying session today for the O'Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway International Raceway outside of the 16-car field.

After struggling in the first three qualifying rounds, posting first a 5.214-elapsed time at 240.34 mph, then a tire-smoking slow lap in which the ET was not recorded by the NHRA, and a 5.154/249.30 in the third session, the Mopar/Oakley Dodge Charger R/T team made major changes to the car. Scelzi then tore down the quarter-mile to a 4.855-second elapsed time at 318.09 mph, placing the reigning NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Funny Car champion solidly in the field, in No. 8.

"We've been fighting ignition problems," explained Scelzi, who has won at Gateway four times. "Too much timing, not enough timing, in late; just kept doing everything it wasn't supposed to be doing. So (before) last run we changed engines, the complete wiring harness, all the ignition, all the MSD boxes, everything. And it finally acted like it was supposed to and it ran what it was supposed to run.

"We probably could've run quicker, but we didn't want to try it. We just wanted to get into the show solid, and we did that. Now we can go race and maybe we'll have our car back."

Scelzi faces Cruz Pedregon in first round of eliminations on Sunday.

-dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Gary Scelzi , Cruz Pedregon