Sonoma: Gary Scelzi Friday summary

Scelzi No. 5 in Sonoma's Friday qualifying SONOMA, Calif. (July 30, 2004) - Cooler temperatures in today's second qualifying session for the Fram-Autolite NHRA Nationals resulted in a number of strong laps, including Gary Scelzi's 4.904/308.28,...

Scelzi No. 5 in Sonoma's Friday qualifying

SONOMA, Calif. (July 30, 2004) - Cooler temperatures in today's second qualifying session for the Fram-Autolite NHRA Nationals resulted in a number of strong laps, including Gary Scelzi's 4.904/308.28, which, with only two pairs of cars left to qualify, was good for No. 1 at the time. Unfortunately, as the sun sank lower in the sky, conditions improved and the final four cars out-qualified the driver of the HEMI-powered Oakley Dodge Stratus Funny Car, dropping him to No. 5 for the day.

"The track got cooler," Fresno native Scelzi said. "We tried to step it up; we tried to run a low 4.90, a high .80, and that's exactly what it ran. But it broke the blower studs probably at about 1000 feet. It might have run an .86, or 87. It wouldn't have been low, but it would have been a little better than it was.

"But that's OK, because when you have a problem like that it's easier to fix. When you have a tire smoke or tire shake problem that's when it's harder to fix, because you don't know where to be with it - how aggressive or how not aggressive.

"We're in good shape. We made it down the track on both runs (5.423/193.57 in the first round), really. So we're fine."

Two more qualifying rounds are scheduled for Saturday.

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