Gary Densham's Race Bricks Chevrolet Leads First-Day Funny Car Qualifiers at Bandimere Tommy Johnson's Monte Carlo is Qualified Second, Worsham's Chevrolet Holds Top Speed DENVER, Colo., July 14, 2006 The first day of time trials for the 27th...
Gary Densham's Race Bricks Chevrolet Leads First-Day Funny Car Qualifiers at Bandimere
Tommy Johnson's Monte Carlo is Qualified Second, Worsham's Chevrolet Holds Top Speed
DENVER, Colo., July 14, 2006 The first day of time trials for the 27th annual Mile-Nationals was completed today at Bandimere Speedway, and veteran driver Gary Densham leads the Funny Car field after driving his Race Bricks Chevy Monte Carlo to a 4.893 e.t. at 292.20 mph. Densham has earned eight career raceday poles as an NHRA Funny Car driver but will be looking for his first No. 1 qualifying spot as a car owner/driver.
"The car has been running great, I just wish I could have run it all the way through," said Densham. "It dropped a cylinder, drove over to the guardrail and I had to shut it off or it probably would have run a 4.84 or 4.85. Greg (crew-chief Amaral) and the whole crew have done a great job with this car all year, and if you look at the stats you'll see it really has run well. During the first half of the year we were about the fifth quickest car out here, we just haven't had any luck.
"Bandimere is a great place to race and coming up here presents such a challenge to the teams and the drivers. Being No. 1, even if it's only Friday night is pretty thrilling. I usually don't have much luck on Friday up here and I'm usually sweating it out, but I'll sleep good tonight.
"I'm sure you'll see a couple of really terrific runs tomorrow - I just hope we're one of them. At least we know we're in the show, and since conditions won't be quite as good tomorrow afternoon as they are tonight, you never know. But since we run after the Top Fuel Cars tomorrow, I wouldn't be too awfully surprised to see some low 4.80s out there, but we feel pretty good about everything right now.
"Greg (Amaral) is so talented and he has never had an opportunity to work with a team that has had the proper financing. We've always struggled to go from race to race with a priority on not hurting anything. I've worked with some very talented people over the years, Jimmy Prock being one of them, and I wouldn't rate Greg lower than a lot of these crew chiefs on the well-financed teams. With the proper funding he could really show how good he is."
Tommy Johnson Jr. is qualified in the No. 2 position in a Chevy Monte Carlo with a 4.907 e.t. at 307.37 mph. Del Worsham is qualified seventh in a Monte Carlo, and so far, holds the top speed of the meet at 317.64 mph.