DENSHAM TESTING TO PREPARE FOR THE FINAL EVENTS OF THE SEASON ENNIS, Texas (Oct. 10, 2005) -- Apparently, Gary Densham just can't get enough of the Texas Motorplex. As if the NHRA national event held there over the weekend wasn't enough, he's...
DENSHAM TESTING TO PREPARE FOR THE FINAL EVENTS OF THE SEASON
ENNIS, Texas (Oct. 10, 2005) -- Apparently, Gary Densham just can't get enough of the Texas Motorplex. As if the NHRA national event held there over the weekend wasn't enough, he's back there again today, testing his Racebricks Chevy Monte Carlo.
Actually, the race itself really wasn't enough. Densham didn't qualify for the O'Reilly Fall Nationals so he's back out there today, trying to figure out what went wrong.
"We made a lot of changes going into that fourth and final round of qualifying," Densham said. "Unfortunately, they weren't the right changes. We have a combination that has been stuck in the 4.80s and you can't rely on that when other teams are turning in passes in the 4.70s on every lap."
It was just the fifth time the veteran Funny Car driver with eight national event victories missed the field this season. After spending four seasons with the ultra-competitive John Force Racing group, Densham put an independent team together this season and they have been making improvements and have become more consistent. This weekend, however, the field was just a step ahead of the young Racebricks group.
"We tried to get aggressive and make some changes and turn in a quicker pass on that last qualifying attempt," Densham said. "Should we have stuck with our normal combo and tried to see if that would have been good enough to squeeze in the field? Probably. But it's hard to look back on it now and second-guess what we did because all we wanted to do was improve our performance. The gamble just didn't work this time. So we're back out at the track trying to find out what's wrong with the car."
Densham drove his Racebricks Chevy Monte Carlo to a 4.876-second pass at 308.00 mph during qualifying, just missing the final 16-car field.
"There are just too many cars right now and if we don't try something, we will miss a couple of other Sundays and that's unacceptable," the Bellflower, Calif. resident said. "We've made a lot of progress this season and we want to end the season on a great note and qualify and compete in the last two races.
"These next two events are basically both home events and we have to do well. We've worked too hard and overcome too many obstacles this season to not have a little fun in Las Vegas and Pomona."
The next NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event will be the AC Delco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Oct. 20-23. The season finale Auto Club NHRA Finals will be held at Pomona Raceway, Nov. 3-6.