Denver: Gary Scelzi Friday summary

Scelzi on bubble after two qualifying rounds in Denver DENVER, Colo. (July 18, 2003) - Gary Scelzi, driving the Oakley Time Bomb Dodge Stratus in the first round of qualifying and the Dodge "Grab Llife By the Horns" Stratus in the second, found...

Scelzi on bubble after two qualifying rounds in Denver

DENVER, Colo. (July 18, 2003) - Gary Scelzi, driving the Oakley Time Bomb Dodge Stratus in the first round of qualifying and the Dodge "Grab Llife By the Horns" Stratus in the second, found himself on the bubble in 16th place when rain and lightning cancelled tonight's qualifying session with two Funny Cars left in the staging lanes.

Scelzi's 5.221/282.24 pass in the first round of qualifying keeps him in the field, as his tire-smoking 5.906/164.87 in the second round didn't help move him up the charts.

"We tried to step up the program in the second round," he said. "Obviously, the track was going to handle it. We had the best 60-foot (time) we've had; it ran really well up to that point, almost as good as we have at sea level, but it got out there at 400-500 feet and smoked the tires. It just wouldn't take what we were going to give it.

"I was encouraged by the first round, but I was more encouraged by what it ran before it smoked the tires. That seems to be where we have our difficulty, and we didn't, and it ran good through there. We might have just gotten a little greedy, but probably not by much. We didn't miss it by a lot."

-dsr-

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