Memphis: Gary Scelzi eliminations summary

Scelzi exits early in Memphis MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Sept. 22, 2003) - Gary Scelzi found himself exiting Memphis Motorsports Park early with his first-round Funny Car loss at the O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals. The driver of the Oakley Time Bomb Dodge ...

Scelzi exits early in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Sept. 22, 2003) - Gary Scelzi found himself exiting Memphis Motorsports Park early with his first-round Funny Car loss at the O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals. The driver of the Oakley Time Bomb Dodge Stratus lost to Dean Skuza, who produced his best run of the weekend, a 4.877/312.06, to beat Scelzi's 4.864/318.09.

Earlier in the session, No. 1 in points Tony Pedregon advanced to the second round with his best pass of the weekend, 4.825/315.78, which proved to be a bellwether of the excellent track conditions the racers would see today following yesterday's rain, with temperatures in the 70s under partly cloudy skies.

"It was very unfortunate that that happened and the way it happened. We went in thin for lane choice in case we had Tony Pedregon the next round," said the Fresno, Calif., resident. "We didn't have time when we found out how good the track was to put some counterweight on it to make it run an .82 or better and I went in thin. Dean rolled it in; he had a .054 light, I had a .104, just like I had all weekend qualifying thin."

"We just got beat. There's no excuse, no anything; it's just what happened. We still have a good car. There's no game-change plan. We're not going to have our heads down. We're not going to change anything; we're going to stay the same."

"It's just part of the game. I could be upset, but it's not going to change anything. We dust ourselves off, we load it up and we get on down the road. You can't beat yourselves up because then you'll start making mistakes and you'll start doing things that are out of the realm, and that's not what we're going to do."

"We raced smart. Skuza hadn't been better than a 5.05 all weekend, and he unloaded on us."

Scelzi stays in eighth place in the POWERade Drag Racing Series Funny Car point standings, with 849.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Pedregon , Dean Skuza , Gary Scelzi