Indianapolis: Gary Densham Sunday summary

DENSHAM READY FOR THE BIGGEST RACE DAY OF THE SEASON INDIANAPOLIS (September 4, 2005) -- The last time Gary Densham felt this good before final eliminations started at an NHRA national event, the Racebricks Chevy Monte Carlo team was in St....

DENSHAM READY FOR THE BIGGEST RACE DAY OF THE SEASON

INDIANAPOLIS (September 4, 2005) -- The last time Gary Densham felt this good before final eliminations started at an NHRA national event, the Racebricks Chevy Monte Carlo team was in St. Louis. They went to the semifinals that weekend -- the best performance of the season so far.

After making five qualifying runs for the 51st annual NHRA U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park, Densham said he feels just as good, if not a little better than the St. Louis outing.

Densham drove his Funny Car into the 16-car ladder Sunday, posting consistent times down the track all weekend. His quickest run was also his quickest of the season. Densham drove to a 4.835-second pass at 310.77 mph for the 14th spot.

Densham was just as proud of his fifth and final qualifying run, a 4.873 at 314.83.

"If I could jump up and kick my heels together, I think I would," Densham said (who did just that with a big smile). "But needless to say, I'm a happy guy. We made great runs down the track all weekend. It would be great to have a tenth on everyone going into eliminations, but we're in the field and we're thrilled to be racing tomorrow. Everyone is so close, it's going to be a battle."

The 2004 U.S. Nationals Funny Car winner said it may not look like it, but he and the team are accomplishing goals every weekend.

"We have said from the first day that we wanted to be in a position to win a race," Densham said. "We may not win a race this season, but we want to be a threat to win a race and I think that every weekend we get a little closer. The entire team is working so well together and everything is as perfect as it can be going into tomorrow's race.

"We want to run with the pack and I think we've done that this weekend. There was a lot of competition for those 16 qualifying spots and we're in one of them. Now we just have to go out tomorrow and see what we can do."

Final eliminations are set for 11 a.m. on Labor Day.

-gdr-

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