Baytown: Gary Densham final summary

Densham sees red in Houston BAYTOWN, Tex. (Apr. 1) Funny Car driver Gary Densham's hopes for success were dashed Sunday after leaving the starting line a bit too early during the first round of final eliminations at the 20th annual O'Reilly NHRA...

Densham sees red in Houston

BAYTOWN, Tex. (Apr. 1) Funny Car driver Gary Densham's hopes for success were dashed Sunday after leaving the starting line a bit too early during the first round of final eliminations at the 20th annual O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park.

Since both rounds of Saturday qualifying were washed out due to inclement weather, Sunday's final-elimination field was set from the two Friday sessions. Densham's best pass of 310.34 mph in 4.861-seconds, earned him the tenth place slot and a match up with Del Worsham in round one.

The former high school teacher felt confident his Torco Racing Fuels / Racebricks Collectables Monte Carlo was ready for victory circle heading into Sunday's final eliminations.

"We were ready for him," Densham said, referring to Worsham. "Our crew has the car in better shape than it has ever been and I let them down by leaving the gate too early. I really feel bad for the team because they have worked their fingers to the bone trying to find that extra thousandth of a second here and there. They did their jobs, but I didn't do mine.

"I've been a racer since 1971 and the competition has never been tighter. I don't have any excuses. Evan Knoll of Torco Racing Fuels and Marty and the gang at Racebricks Collectables put confidence in us to perform. We came here to prove to them, and everybody else, that we mean business but it just wasn't our day."

Densham's red-light foul was a mere .146-seconds, but it was enough to disqualify the popular driver from Bellflower, Calif.

"We win together and lose together as a team," Densham said. "Fantasyland (Las Vegas) has always been good to us and I think we'll be able to show our fans and sponsors the improvements we've made when we get there.

"We had the better car today, it was the hot-shoe driver who was a smidgeon too quick on the trigger.

-credit: dm

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Series NHRA
Drivers Del Worsham , Gary Densham