Topeka: Gary Densham Saturday summary

DENSHAM LOOKING FOR A ROUND WIN AND SMILES SUNDAY TOPEKA, Kan. (May 28, 2005) -- Gary Densham is working overtime to be prepared for the first round of eliminations at the O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka. That has been a...

DENSHAM LOOKING FOR A ROUND WIN AND SMILES SUNDAY

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 28, 2005) -- Gary Densham is working overtime to be prepared for the first round of eliminations at the O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka. That has been a common theme lately.

Densham drove his Racebricks Chevy Monte Carlo to the No. 14 qualifying position Saturday with a 4.949-second pass at 289.38 mph. Densham is always happy to be qualified and racing on Sunday. He was, however, hoping for better numbers going into the first round on Sunday.

"Every time we experience something positive and the entire team finally has a bunch of smiles, it seems like we get hit with something to bring us back down again," Densham said. "This is a tough, competitive business and you have to constantly make improvement to run with the pack and win rounds.

"Right now we are doing everything we can to make sure we stay positive. We hurt some more parts during Saturday's qualifying and that just sets us back a bit."

If anyone can rally a team for a Sunday appearance, it's Densham.

"This team continues to amaze me with the way they work," Densham said. "We were at the track for a long time Friday and to come right back and put another long day in before Sunday is proof how willing they are to win.

"I've said from the beginning that this is a new team and that we were going to have some growing pains. We'll get through them. We've seen some great things this season and there isn't any reason we can't keep making positive improvements."

Final eliminations start at 11 a.m. Sunday. 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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