Memphis: Gary Densham Saturday summary

DENSHAM READY FOR MEMPHIS SHOWDOWN MEMPHIS (August 20, 2005) -- Gary Densham knows that anything can happen on Sunday at the O'Reilly Mid-South NHRA Nationals at Memphis Motorsports Park. The heat alone can make for some interesting first round...

DENSHAM READY FOR MEMPHIS SHOWDOWN

MEMPHIS (August 20, 2005) -- Gary Densham knows that anything can happen on Sunday at the O'Reilly Mid-South NHRA Nationals at Memphis Motorsports Park. The heat alone can make for some interesting first round matchups this weekend.

Densham qualified in the No. 11 position Saturday with a 5.010-second pass at 289.32 mph in his Racebricks Chevy Monte Carlo. He will face Del Worsham in the first round for the second time this season. Last time, Worsham pulled out the win in Sonoma, Calif., but this time, who knows?

"The first round is going to be pretty close to playing craps in Las Vegas," Densham said. "The good thing is that we turned in one of the quickest middle-track speeds of the session (Saturday) and that has been one of the areas that we have been struggling with most lately.

"No matter what, the first round should be exciting and I think there are going to be a few upsets."

Densham and crew chief Greg Amaral had thought about not running in the final session of qualifying. But the first round didn't work out as well as they wanted, so they opted to make one last attempt before final eliminations.

"We had a couple of problems in the first session so we couldn't start the car," Amaral said. "We were hoping to make a run in the high 4.90s, but we're still pretty happy running back-to-back 5.01s. I think if we can just get down the track with a similar number (Sunday), we'll be competitive."

Densham earned his first national event victory here in 2001 and is looking to make a return trip to winner's circle.

"I like the fact that we were consistent during qualifying and saw some improvement," Densham said. "We keep seeing some encouraging results and I hope that translates into round wins on Sunday."

ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will air all the racing this weekend. Eliminations can be seen at 10 p.m. (ET) on Sunday. NHRA 2Day will start at 11:30 a.m. (ET) on Sunday.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Del Worsham , Gary Densham