Reading: Gary Densham final summary

DENSHAM HAS CLOSE ENCOUNTER OF THE WORST KIND READING, Pa. (September 18, 2005) -- The usually reliable Racebricks Chevrolet Monte Carlo of Funny Car veteran Gary Densham made a move the 59-year-old pro had never seen before in his first-round...

DENSHAM HAS CLOSE ENCOUNTER OF THE WORST KIND

READING, Pa. (September 18, 2005) -- The usually reliable Racebricks Chevrolet Monte Carlo of Funny Car veteran Gary Densham made a move the 59-year-old pro had never seen before in his first-round match with top qualifier Gary Scelzi Sunday. The move forced him to abandon his run after 200 feet to avoid hitting the right-side wall. It might not have mattered, as Scelzi posted a quick 4.78-second run, but Densham wanted to at least give the points leader a run for his money.

"It hooked so hard and made a great early move but then it went dead right," Densham said. "I couldn't believe it. That's the first time it's ever done that. I did everything I could. I had the wheel cranked over all the way to the stops but it was still moving to the wall. If I hadn't lifted I would have impacted the wall. I had no choice."

Densham remains 16th in the Funny Car championship point standings in his first season back as a car owner. With four races left, he has closed to within three points of No. 15 racer Jeff Arend. He could climb even higher with a strong finish.

"All you can do is go back to work and try harder," Densham said. "We'll figure out what went wrong and fix it. Dallas is coming up in just a few days and that's always been a big race for me because of my association with the Auto Club. They're big in Texas and this might be my last year with those guys so hopefully I can give them a strong send-off. We'll certainly be working toward that end."

Densham recorded a win at Dallas in 2001. He beat Texas Motorplex giant John Force, a 13-time champion, in a thrilling final.

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Series NHRA
Drivers John Force , Gary Scelzi , Gary Densham , Jeff Arend