Norwalk: Gary Densham final report

Densham's solid weekend gives team a much needed boost NORWALK, Ohio (July 1) - Most professional drag racers aren't in the best of moods if they don't make it all the way to victory circle, but that wasn't the case with Funny Car driver Gary ...

Densham's solid weekend gives team a much needed boost

NORWALK, Ohio (July 1) - Most professional drag racers aren't in the best of moods if they don't make it all the way to victory circle, but that wasn't the case with Funny Car driver Gary Densham Sunday.

After qualifying the Torco Racing Fuels/Racebricks Collectibles Chevy Impala SS 15th, Densham was matched with the number two qualifier, Ashley Force, in the first round of eliminations. Force won, but not by much, with a 4.898-second, 294.56-mph squirt down the quarter-mile to Densham's 4.961-second dash at 293.73-mph.

Densham wasn't overjoyed after the first round loss at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals but he was feeling a lot better about his overall performance.

"We felt we had a shot at moving to the second round after solid runs all weekend long," Densham said. "No one was about to set any records in this July heat because everyone, including us, had to back the power down so much to avoid losing traction. When you do that, the engine has a tendency to put cylinders out and that's what ultimately put us on the trailer. After watching the video, our opponent's engine did the same thing, just a little further down the track than we did, and that's all it takes in this sport."

As the team began preparing the car for the next stop on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing tour, Densham reflected on the first part of the 2007 season.

"This has been a tough year for us so far,"Densham said. "Much of our disappointment was through no fault of our own. Bad luck, parts failures and weather have all played a significant role in not performing like we're capable of. But thanks to the support of Evan Knoll at Torco Racing Fuels, all of the great folks at Racebricks Collectibles and our wonderful fans, we've made it through. I hope we can win them a Wally or two before the season ends in November."

-credit: gdm

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Series NHRA
Drivers Gary Densham , Ashley Force