Las Vegas II: Johnny Gray Saturday summary

Johnny Gray Qualifies Wonder Wagon No. 11 in Vegas LAS VEGAS (Oct. 30, 2004) - Johnny Gray found himself out of the Funny Car field after three qualifying rounds this weekend for the ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals, the next-to-last event of...

Johnny Gray Qualifies Wonder Wagon No. 11 in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 30, 2004) - Johnny Gray found himself out of the Funny Car field after three qualifying rounds this weekend for the ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals, the next-to-last event of the 2004 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

The final round was his last chance to place Don Schumacher's Wonder Wagon Dodge in the top 16 after posting three tire-smoking runs (13.542/87.31, 5.294/299.06 and 8.328/1-5.39). Temperatures in the 60s and a low-in-the-sky autumn sun produced nearly perfect conditions, although not as good as Friday night's session, and Gray blasted straight down the quarter-mile to a 4.853-second elapsed time at 324.05 mph to place him solidly in the No. 11 spot.

"That was close," he said. "We've been testing pieces and parts for 2005, which will benefit the entire Don Schumacher Racing organization, and these are the chances you take when you are also trying to qualify for the event. But we made it, and we accomplished it with a really good pass. So, I'm looking forward to tomorrow's eliminations and the first round against Tony Pedregon."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Johnny Gray , Don Schumacher