Madison: Gary Scelzi eliminations summary

Scelzi loses to John Force. MADISON, Ill. (June 29, 2003) - Gary Scelzi knew he had a tough first round against John Force today in his Oakley Time Bomb Dodge Stratus R/T. He did his job at the Christmas Tree, nailing it with a .035 reaction...

Scelzi loses to John Force.

MADISON, Ill. (June 29, 2003) - Gary Scelzi knew he had a tough first round against John Force today in his Oakley Time Bomb Dodge Stratus R/T. He did his job at the Christmas Tree, nailing it with a .035 reaction time to Force's .065, but lost a cylinder at 700 feet, allowing Force to take the win by only a .0340 (of a second) margin with a 5.128/300.20 to Scelzi's 5.192/286.50.

Scelzi dropped to 10th in the POWERade Drag Racing Series Funny Car point standings, with 515 points.

"In that run against Force it did pretty much everything that we wanted to do," the three-time Top Fuel champion said. "We were a little scared at the hit of the throttle hoping it wouldn't smoke the tires, so we were probably a little conservative there. It ended up dropping a hole (cylinder) about 700 feet and that's where our speed went. Normally the Oakley Dodge runs 300-some miles an hour and it was way off because of the dropped cylinder. John didn't get by me until the finish line.

"We didn't smoke the tires, we just didn't have enough," he added, "but I feel really good where we're headed right now, because the stuff we had wasn't going to work. To go to the next level, we're going to have to have these new parts we've been waiting for. We're going to have all the new stuff by Denver and there's a possibility that we could test in Indy (Indianapolis Raceway Park) this next week, so I'm thinking by Sonoma you're going to see a whole new Oakley car that you're not going to want to park next to.

"I felt that after yesterday's testing with the stuff we put on there. I still feel that today. I don't normally talk like this, but I feel like good things are coming and it's just around the corner."

-dsr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers John Force , Gary Scelzi