Determination has Densham looking toward race No. 2 in Phoenix POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 11) - Funny car driver Gary Densham had high hopes entering the CARQUEST Auto Parts Winternationals, the first race of the 2007 POWERade drag racing season....
Determination has Densham looking toward race No. 2 in Phoenix
POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 11) - Funny car driver Gary Densham had high hopes entering the CARQUEST Auto Parts Winternationals, the first race of the 2007 POWERade drag racing season. Armed and ready to show the world a former school teacher from Bellflower, Calif. has what it takes to make a run for the championship, Densham will have to re-load and try again in Phoenix.
"I feel I really let down my team, my fans and family," Densham said, after not qualifying his Torco Racing Fuels / Racebricks Collectibles Chevy Monte Carlo Funny Car. "We were up in the eighth spot after the first round of qualifying and knew that the car and track had a lot more to give. We had to step it up to hang on that spot, but it just wasn't meant to be."
Friday's second round of qualifying saw Densham get out of the groove and his place in the 16-car field slip to 14. Saturday's round three saw some improvement, clicking the quarter-mile timers at 4.802-seconds and 317-mph that bumped him into the 13th position. In round four Densham posted his best run of the weekend, a 4.776 but it was disallowed after the flopper crossed the center line just before the stripe.
"We started off that last run feeling good about where we were headed, then the motor decided give up on two cylinders at about half-track and that was all she wrote," Densham said. It's unbelievable the amount of downforce these things create when all of the cylinders are firing; put two of them out on one side and the car wants to head in that direction." And that's exactly what happened, as the car drifted across the center line, knocking out an orange timing block at the 1320 ft. mark and leading race officials to disqualify the run that would have put him solidly in the show.
"I feel like I let everybody down," Densham said. "The car ran consistently all weekend and everybody did their jobs. Here we are in front of my fans, friends and family at my home track and I couldn't get it done for them. But we'll be back in Phoenix and I'll try not to hit anything there.
"I want to thank Evan Knoll at Torco Racing Fuels for adding his support to our efforts this year. Without them, Racebricks Collectables and the rest of our sponsors, we wouldn't have this opportunity and I hope everybody, including our fans, supports them wholeheartedly."
The next race on the POWERade Drag Racing schedule is the Checker Schuck's Kragen NHRA Nationals in Phoenix, February 23 - 25.