Densham sails through second session of qualifying with fastest pass of the season COMMERCE, Ga. -- These days it doesn't take much to make Gary Densham a happy man. He doesn't have to shoot out the lights on a Friday night to know his team is...
Densham sails through second session of qualifying with fastest pass of the season
COMMERCE, Ga. -- These days it doesn't take much to make Gary Densham a happy man. He doesn't have to shoot out the lights on a Friday night to know his team is getting better with each NHRA event.
Densham drove the Racebricks Chevy Monte Carlo to a 4.927-second pass at 310.05 mph (fastest speed of the season) to take the No. 9 spot by the end of the day. Densham had smoked the tires early during the first session, finishing in the No. 15 spot.
The improvement made the former schoolteacher very proud.
"The second pass of the day was a nice, smooth run that put us solidly in the field," Densham said. "We ran well and we didn't hurt anything, which was a vast improvement from the first pass of the day.
"We're trying to make the car run straight down the track without hurting the parts. That's what happened on the second pass and I'm not saying there isn't room for improvement, but we did a much better job during the second run."
The first pass wasn't as noteworthy for the veteran Funny Car driver. The car smoked the tires, but worse, hurt the car parts.
"We are trying to make our inventory of parts last because we have three consecutive races in the next three weeks," Densham said. "We don't have that blockbuster budget and we are trying to do whatever it takes to make the parts last.
"We hurt some parts but you won't find me complaining right now. We did a good job at the end of the day."
The numbers were all the more impressive considering he was one of the first cars to go down the track during the second session.
"Because we were qualified low after the first session, we had just a couple of cars run ahead of us during round two," Densham said. "We didn't get to see the John Force's or Whit Bazemore's before we made the pass. So running our numbers and ending up ninth while being one of the first cars down the track isn't bad at all."
Qualifying continues Saturday with pro sessions at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Final eliminations are set for 11 a.m. on Sunday. ESPN2 will air coverage of qualifying on Saturday at 7 p.m. (ET) and final eliminations at 7 p.m. (ET) on Sunday.