Seattle: Gary Densham Saturday summary

Densham ready to make his run at the Seattle title SEATTLE (July 23, 2005) -- It may not seem like Gary Densham was real lucky Saturday at Pacific Raceways for the 18th annual CARQUEST NHRA Nationals. But his Racebricks.com Chevy Monte Carlo...

Densham ready to make his run at the Seattle title

SEATTLE (July 23, 2005) -- It may not seem like Gary Densham was real lucky Saturday at Pacific Raceways for the 18th annual CARQUEST NHRA Nationals.

But his Racebricks.com Chevy Monte Carlo crew chief said there was a little luck involved with their qualifying run of 5.004 seconds at 297.98 mph for the No. 15 position.

"We got lucky today because based on our performance, we probably shouldn't have qualified for this event," Greg Amaral said. "But we managed to get that 5.00 run in and that moved us into the top 16. A little luck can go a long way and it could help us get to the performance level we want to be at and need to be at to compete in this category."

Densham will face Gary Scelzi in the first round Sunday. It will be the second time the two will meet up this season. Scelzi beat Densham in Bristol to take the 1-0 lead in the season series.

"There are just so many cars that anyone can win from any spot these days," Scelzi said. "We're happy that we got in the show and now we need to see what can happen. We've stumbled a little in the past two weeks, but we really are on the verge of something good. We just need a couple of things to go our way and we need to win a couple of rounds."

Densham said some of the problems stem from being an independent single-car team.

"The big multi-car teams all have lots of parts and lots of inventory," Densham said. "We're able to race because of Racebricks and Marty Yacoobian and then Torco Racing Fuels have helped us and we have some money to get our inventory back up. But we can't even buy the parts because all the team bought out the stuff at the beginning of the season."

"The multi-car teams know the demand for parts goes up drastically during the middle of the season and now it's just tough to get what we need. I still think we can turn the corner and make something great happen tomorrow. Anyone who qualifies has a chance tomorrow."

ESPN2 will air coverage of this weekend's event. Final eliminations can be seen on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. (ET) on Sunday. NHRA 2Day starts at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, also on ESPN2.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Gary Scelzi , Gary Densham