Englishtown: Gary Scelzi Saturday preview

Scelzi sets top speed of meet, qualifies No. 8 in E'Town ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (MAY 17, 2003) -- Sporting the Matco Tools Iron Eagle body on his Dodge Stratus R/T Funny Car, Gary Scelzi qualified No. 8 for tomorrow's K&N Filters NRHA SuperNationals...

Scelzi sets top speed of meet, qualifies No. 8 in E'Town

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (MAY 17, 2003) -- Sporting the Matco Tools Iron Eagle body on his Dodge Stratus R/T Funny Car, Gary Scelzi qualified No. 8 for tomorrow's K&N Filters NRHA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. Scelzi established the fastest speed of the event, 322.65 mph, in today's first pass, with an elapsed time of 4.851 seconds.

In the final session he was on a solid run, but got out of the groove and slowed to a 5.450/186.20.

Only two full qualifying sessions were held this weekend, both today, as yesterday's qualifying was rained out after the first pair of Funny Cars made it down the track in dry conditions.

Scelzi will face his teammate Scotty Cannon in the first round tomorrow, their first meeting since Scelzi joined the Oakley team for the 2003 season.

"Everything is back to normal, from the supercharger to the clutch, to everything else," said Scelzi, commenting on what the team learned after Bazemore tested Scelzi's car at Indianapolis Raceway Park last Sunday. "We were just a little bit too aggressive on that (final) run. It was running better than our 4.79 run at Pomona. I just got the car out of the groove and you just can't do that when you're going to run that fast. Everything has got to be perfect. I was fighting it to get it back in the groove and I just fought it too long and it ended up smoking the tires.

"Tomorrow we're probably going to go back to the Oakley Dodge body. It's lighter and we have to take 30 pounds off this car to get it light and get it back in race mode. We'll slow the car down just a taste; maybe make it run high 4.70s, low 4.80s. We'll try to run that all day long and see what happens.

"The first run was a good run; it did what it was supposed to do. It was doing what it was supposed to do in that last run. It got way out there before it smoked the tires."

-dsr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Gary Scelzi , Scotty Cannon