Memphis: Gary Scelzi Friday summary

Scelzi No. 3 in Memphis on Fri. night MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Sept. 19, 2003) - Gary Scelzi didn't make the field in today's first round, but he made up for it in the second by establishing a track speed record of 322.42 mph in his Oakley Dodge Stratus...

Scelzi No. 3 in Memphis on Fri. night

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Sept. 19, 2003) - Gary Scelzi didn't make the field in today's first round, but he made up for it in the second by establishing a track speed record of 322.42 mph in his Oakley Dodge Stratus Funny Car rocketship. His elapsed time of 4.837 seconds put him into the No. 3 spot, behind his teammate Whit Bazemore in No. 1 and John Force in No. 2.

Track records were broken in elapsed time and top speed in every category (Top Fuel, Pro Stock, Pro Stock Bike), expect in the Funny Car class, where only the top speed record was broken.

"This Dodge does not surprise anybody when it runs top speed," said Scelzi, who holds the national top speed record of 328.06 mph, set in Joliet this year. "It's slippery and when the tune-up's right it hauls. The .83 is good. We're still not there yet. We still have a little trouble about 1.2 seconds in the run. We're working on it. Hopefully tomorrow the sun will be out and we'll be able to work on the part that we need help on."

-dsr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Whit Bazemore , John Force , Gary Scelzi