Gainesville: Gary Scelzi final summary

SCELZI FALLS TO BERNSTEIN IN GATORNATIONALS GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 18, 2007) - Gary Scelzi fell victim not only to an unexpected loss of traction today in the opening round of the ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals, but to Kenny Bernstein's...

SCELZI FALLS TO BERNSTEIN IN GATORNATIONALS

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 18, 2007) - Gary Scelzi fell victim not only to an unexpected loss of traction today in the opening round of the ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals, but to Kenny Bernstein's resurgence in performance after qualifying for his first Funny Car event since returning to the class this season.

Driving the Mopar/Oakley Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car, Scelzi struck the tires early in the run, recovering enough to complete the quarter-mile in 5.246 seconds at 301.07 mph, while round-winner Bernstein posted his career-best Funny Car pass of 4.788/317.42.

"We weren't trying to set the world on fire," said Scelzi, who still has not won at Gainesville Raceway in his career as a four-time world champion. "We were going to try to run a 4.75 (-second elapsed time). We took steps to slow it down again, like we did in Phoenix, and it didn't want any part of it. It just went out there and smoked the tires.

"Kenny ran a great run, so hats off to Kenny. I took the first return road, and he went down to the end, so I have not spoken to Kenny, but congratulations to him. We were hoping he wasn't going to get cured that quick, so good for him."

Bernstein reached the semifinal round, but was ousted by Scelzi's teammate Ron Capps.

Next up is the O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals in Houston, Texas, March 30-April 1.

-credit: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Kenny Bernstein , Ron Capps , Gary Scelzi