Joliet II: Gary Scelzi Saturday summary

Scelzi snags career-best 4.750, is No. 4 in Joliet qualifying JOLIET, Ill. (Sept. 27, 2003) - The cool weather conditions at Route 66 Raceway appear to be benefiting the Don Schumacher Racing camp, as Gary Scelzi joins his teammate and No.

Scelzi snags career-best 4.750, is No. 4 in Joliet qualifying

JOLIET, Ill. (Sept. 27, 2003) - The cool weather conditions at Route 66 Raceway appear to be benefiting the Don Schumacher Racing camp, as Gary Scelzi joins his teammate and No. qualifier Whit Bazemore with a personal achievement of his own in the final round of qualifying for the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals.

The driver of the Oakley Time Bomb Dodge Stratus, which set a world top-speed record here in the spring of 328.06 mph, snagged his career-best elapsed time in Funny Car today, when he posted a 4.750-second elapsed time at 320.74 mph to claim the No. 4 qualifying position, after smoking the tires in the first round and finding himself on the outside of the field in No. 19.

"We found ourselves with our backs against the wall in the first run when we smoked the tires," said the Fresno native. "We came back and tried to be conservative, but the race track was so good that (crew chief) Mike Neff wasn't that conservative. We came out and I ran my personal best, a 4.750 at 320, which actually would have been better but we burned a couple of pistons pretty good at the top end. That's why the speed was only 320 mph. But we're very happy with the result. We're very happy to be in the show at no. 4. With a little bit of luck tomorrow, who knows where we could end up."

Scelzi will face Cruz Pedregon in the first round of final eliminations.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Whit Bazemore , Gary Scelzi , Cruz Pedregon , Don Schumacher , Mike Neff