Sonoma: Gary Densham Saturday summary

Densham encouraged by qualifying at Infineon Raceway SONOMA, Calif. (July 30, 2005) --Gary Densham will be a little more confident going into Sunday's final eliminations at the 18th annual FRAM-Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway....

Densham encouraged by qualifying at Infineon Raceway

SONOMA, Calif. (July 30, 2005) --Gary Densham will be a little more confident going into Sunday's final eliminations at the 18th annual FRAM-Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway. Densham drove his Racebricks Chevy Monte Carlo to a 4.956-second pass at 312.57 mph to earn the No. 14 spot but more importantly, he was consistent throughout qualifying and that will mean more on Sunday than anything else.

"We found some consistency so that's encouraging," Densham said. "We didn't improve on [Friday's] time but we had a couple of 5.0-second runs so we're happy because these are the same conditions we're likely to see tomorrow. If you have a car that gets down the track every time, even if it isn't the quickest car in the world, at least the other guys know they have to run hard to beat you. It puts a little pressure on them." Densham will face Del Worsham in the first round. It will be the first time the two veteran Funny Car racers will meet this season. Densham has eight career Funny Car victories but has yet to earn a victory in wine country -- something he is anxious to change on Sunday. "This is always a fun race," Densham said. "We haven't won here before but we still love coming up here. All our friends and family drive up and have a good ol' time in the wine country and they stop by the race to root for us. Hopefully we can sneak a few round wins in tomorrow and really give them a thrill." While Densham has been an independent racer for decades, he also spent time working for the ultra-competitive John Force Racing team. He is back to running his own independent team, but he's happy with the progress the team has made so far. "Our guys are the best," Densham said. "They work so hard to get this Racebricks Monte Carlo ready to race and I wouldn't trade them for anyone. Greg Amaral and Rob Flynn are working great together and the car's getting better."

ESPN2 will air coverage of this weekend's event. Final eliminations can be seen on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. (ET) on Sunday.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Del Worsham , John Force , Gary Densham