Las Vegas: Gary Densham final summary

Densham's Racebricks team makes headway in Las Vegas LAS VEGAS -- One of the reasons Gary Densham has survived more than three decades of drag racing is his attitude. He's competitive and patient at the same time. Densham didn't win his first...

Densham's Racebricks team makes headway in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- One of the reasons Gary Densham has survived more than three decades of drag racing is his attitude. He's competitive and patient at the same time.

Densham didn't win his first round matchup Sunday at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. But he is still pleased with the overall performance throughout the weekend.

Densham came up short to Funny Car rookie Robert Hight in the opening round. Densham's Racebricks Chevy Monte Carlo left the line first (.098-second reaction time to Hight's .103), but the car smoked the tires at mid-track and Hight drove past, clocking a 4.884-second pass at 320.89, beating Densham's 6.447 at 143.03.

Still, Densham knows that the first goal, qualifying for Sunday's event, was met. That's a step up from the previous event where he just missed the 16-car elimination field.

"It's hard to be too upset with the weekend because we made some great progress," Densham said. "But you're never super happy when you don't end the day in the winner's circle because that's always our goal going into the event."

Densham also knows that the car is coming around and before too long, he will be more competitive on a regular basis. Densham and the Racebricks team didn't have much time before the season started to get the kinks worked out. This weekend went a long way toward curing some of the problems.

"The good news is that we continue to make great power," Densham said. "We were able to qualify well, the first goal of any race. We also had a good run going against Robert until the clutch locked up and we just over-powered the track. That's our area of concern right now. It seems like every time the clutch welds it just gets so aggressive that most of the time the tracks can't hold it.

"We have fixed a lot of smaller issues and we'll keep pounding on this thing and see if we can't ring up a few more round wins in Bristol."

The next NHRA POWERade event is the O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway in Bristol, Ten., April 29 -- May 1.

Final eliminations for today's event in Last Vegas can be seen on ESPN2 starting at 7 p.m. (ET).

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Series NHRA
Drivers Gary Densham , Robert Hight