Englishtown: Gary Scelzi Saturday summary

SCELZI ON RAILS; QUALIFIES THIRD IN E-TOWN ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 18, 2005) - Except for a 5.144/219.97 pass in the third round of qualifying for the K&N Filters SuperNationals, Gary Scelzi and the Mopar/Oakley Dodge Stratus rocketed down the...

SCELZI ON RAILS; QUALIFIES THIRD IN E-TOWN

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 18, 2005) - Except for a 5.144/219.97 pass in the third round of qualifying for the K&N Filters SuperNationals, Gary Scelzi and the Mopar/Oakley Dodge Stratus rocketed down the track in every qualifying session and set a speed track record of 328.30 mph while qualifying No. 3.

Friday's first pass placed him No. 1 for that round, with a 4.875/315.49. He then established the sizzling 4.793/328.30, which set the record but was only good for No. 3.

The final round pass of 4.844/322.73 clocked the fastest speed of the round and placed him solidly in No. 3 behind Cruz Pedregon and Jeff Arend.

"The Mopar/Oakley Dodge is really good. It's doing everything we want it to do and then some," said Scelzi, who would like to continue cutting away at John Force's points lead. "It's going down the race track. On the third run we wanted to see exactly where we could go, and it spun the tires down track, so I shut it off.

"Other than that, it's making it down the race track, with very minimal vibration, no shake, and the motor looks good. We're ready to go some rounds tomorrow."

Scelzi meets Phil Burkart Jr. in the first round of eliminations on Sunday.

-dsr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers John Force , Gary Scelzi , Cruz Pedregon , Phil Burkart