BELLFLOWER, Calif. (Oct. 5, 2005) -- The 20th anniversary O'Reilly Fall Nationals was rescheduled by Hurricane Rita's potential path of destruction two weeks ago, forcing a do-over this weekend in "Big D." Funny Car veteran Gary Densham is hoping...
BELLFLOWER, Calif. (Oct. 5, 2005) -- The 20th anniversary O'Reilly Fall Nationals was rescheduled by Hurricane Rita's potential path of destruction two weeks ago, forcing a do-over this weekend in "Big D." Funny Car veteran Gary Densham is hoping for a little do-over of his own in his Racebricks Chevrolet Monte Carlo as he'll attempt to recreate the magic that carried him to a big win over 13-time champion John Force at this very facility four years ago.
"Dallas is one of the biggies in my opinion," Densham said. "There are a ton of great places to race nowadays but once upon a time it was Billy Meyer and his track there in Dallas that set the new standard. It was our first super track and it sure made you feel big time when you went there to race.
"I'm very proud of my win there. Billy has that winner's circle there where they put your name up there and you know it's there forever alongside some of the best drivers of all-time. Like I said, this race is on par with Pomona, Indy, Englishtown, and Gainesville. It's a huge event."
In 2001, Densham scored his second career victory as a member of Force's three-car attack. It was a case of an employee beating his boss. This time Densham arrives as an independent racer, captaining a team of former students from his days as an auto shop teacher at Gahr High School in Bellflower, Calif.
Densham hasn't visited a winner's circle this year, his first solo campaign since Y2K. But his team has shown signs of steady progress, running better numbers seemingly every weekend. He knows that trend should continue in Dallas.
"We've got what looks like a great weekend on tap and we're fired up because we think this Racebricks Monte Carlo is running good," Densham said. "We'll be fast. Of course, everyone else will be fast too.
"I'd say this class is tougher now then it^Òs ever been. There are so many multi-car teams and they're full of very talented professionals. It was starting to get tough back when we won here in '01. It found a way to get even tougher. But hey, if it was easy it wouldn't be any fun."