Gainesville: Gary Scelzi Saturday summary

Scelzi Settles Into No. 4 In Final Gatornationals Qualifying GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 21, 2004) - Gary Scelzi's HEMI-powered Oakley Dodge Stratus became the third Funny Car this weekend to finally break into the 300-mph neighborhood. His ...

Scelzi Settles Into No. 4 In Final Gatornationals Qualifying

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 21, 2004) - Gary Scelzi's HEMI-powered Oakley Dodge Stratus became the third Funny Car this weekend to finally break into the 300-mph neighborhood. His 306.85-mph pass in the final qualifying round against John Force was the fastest speed so far. The 4.931-second elapsed time he posted in that squirrelly pass also placed him No. 4 in the field for tomorrow's eliminations.

"The car was trying to move around after about 600-700 feet and I was not going to let that car get out of the groove," said Scelzi. "And I was aggressive on the steering wheel, so that was me.

"This place is so difficult to keep the car in the middle of the race track," he added, "that you've got to be violent on the wheel, and I was a little too violent down there.

"We've been struggling with some things. There's been some air in the fuel lines from a fuel valve that's been causing us some problems. We've been chasing this thing since Phoenix and it doesn't do it every time. But we think we found out what happened. We've been good in the last two runs. It didn't show any signs of that.

"It looks like everything is cured and the car is starting to act normal again. It's just not consistent and it had been consistent. So we feel pretty good about tomorrow. We have enough of the old tires to get through tomorrow and that's a big thing. Then we'll stay and test the new Goodyears on Monday, because that's all we're going to have and we have to get a jump on Vegas." The next NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on April 2-4.

Scelzi will face Tony Bartone in the first round of final eliminations tomorrow, beginning at 11 a.m.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Bartone , John Force , Gary Scelzi