Topeka: Gary Densham Friday summary

DENSHAM IMPROVES IN SECOND SESSION TOPEKA, Kan. (May 27, 2005) -- Gary Densham didn't have an easy week coming into the O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka. But so far, he's making the best of the Memorial Day race ...

DENSHAM IMPROVES IN SECOND SESSION

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 27, 2005) -- Gary Densham didn't have an easy week coming into the O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka. But so far, he's making the best of the Memorial Day race weekend.

Densham drove the Racebricks Chevy Monte Carlo to a 4.949-second pass at 289.38 mph to take the No. 14 spot in qualifying after two sessions Friday. The best part is that Densham shut the car off early, meaning there is still some power left in the car.

"I shut the car off early but it still made a lot better run during the second session," Densham said. "We made progress and that was the best part of the day.

"Now we have some data to come back out here tomorrow and improve on our run from tonight."

Densham experienced engine problems during the first round of Sunday's eliminations at National Trail Raceway in Columbus. The body also suffered damage, forcing Densham and the entire Racebricks crew to hustle in the short amount of time between events just to be ready for this weekend's event.

He also got a major boost from a new sponsor -- Torco Race Fuels.

"This deal with Torco Race Fuels was just the shot in the arm we needed," Densham said. "We couldn't be happier to welcome Torco on board and we can't wait to bring them an NHRA victory. Everyone on this crew, from [Racebricks CEO] Marty Yacoobian on down is just thrilled to pieces. I was on a spending spree all day (Monday) ordering all the parts on my wish list.

"Torco helped us get ready for this race and I'm happy we're qualified so far and I'm anxious to come back out here tomorrow and improve on the time."

Qualifying continues Saturday with sessions at noon and 3 p.m. ESPN and ESPN2 will air coverage of the event. Qualifying will start at 8 p.m. (ET) on ESPN on Saturday. Final eliminations can be seen at 8 p.m. (ET) on Sunday.

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