Seattle: Gary Densham final report

Rules and weather force Densham to the sideline KENT, Wash. (July 22) - Funny Car driver Gary Densham's hopes of turning around a drag racing season wrought with disappointment were dashed Saturday despite a solid pass down the quarter-mile...

Rules and weather force Densham to the sideline

KENT, Wash. (July 22) - Funny Car driver Gary Densham's hopes of turning around a drag racing season wrought with disappointment were dashed Saturday despite a solid pass down the quarter-mile strip during qualifying for the Schuck's Auto Supply NHRA Nationals at Pacific Raceways.

Rainy weather forced NHRA Drag Racing officials to set Sunday's 16-car elimination field with only one round of Funny Car qualifying instead of the usual four. Densham's Torco Racing Fuels/Racebricks Collectibles Impala SS made a solid run, stopping the timers at 4.942 seconds at 300.06 mph, which would have placed him 12th overall. But drivers in the POWERade top 10 who were not qualified after the lone round were placed in the bottom of the 16-car grid per rule, knocking Densham down to the 17th spot, just outside of the elimination field.

"To say we're disappointed would be an understatement," Densham said. "We knew the weather would play a role in all of this but not to the extent that it would knock us out. I can't remember anything like this happening in all of my 35 years of drag racing.

"The little black cloud that has parked itself over our team this year opened up and we didn't bring our umbrellas.

"I feel terrible for Evan Knoll at Torco and Marty Yacoobian with Racebricks. These guys are solid as a rock behind our team despite a season filled with disappointments. I'm hoping that the little black cloud has finally rained itself out here and we can turn this thing around beginning next weekend."

The NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series winds up its grueling six-week, back-to-back schedule at the 20th FRAM Autolite Nationals at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., before a much-needed weekend off.

-credit: dm

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