Bristol: Gary Scelzi Saturday notes

SCELZI GRABS NO. 14 IN BRISTOL QUALIFYING BRISTOL, Tenn. (May 17, 2008) - Four-time NHRA champion Gary Scelzi drove the Mopar/Oakley Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car into the No. 14 position in qualifying for the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at ...

SCELZI GRABS NO. 14 IN BRISTOL QUALIFYING

BRISTOL, Tenn. (May 17, 2008) - Four-time NHRA champion Gary Scelzi drove the Mopar/Oakley Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car into the No. 14 position in qualifying for the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.

Today's two final qualifying rounds were completed under cool temperatures but sunny skies, and Scelzi established his weekend-best 4.896-second pass at 313.22 mph in the third session.

His other tries produced a mechanically-challenged 5.604/192.96 (No. 13), a 5.001/247.16 (No. 13) and finally a 4.928/296.11.

"We made it three out of four, aside from the broken crank last night, and it made it even then," said Scelzi. "I think we'll be OK tomorrow. There's 80 percent chance of rain and that doesn't look good, but the Mopar/Oakley Dodge will go down the race track; we just have to find the sweet spot."

Scelzi faces Ashley Force in first round of eliminations. This is the first time the pair are meeting since she entered the Funny Car class.

-credit: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Gary Scelzi , Ashley Force