Pomona: Gary Scelzi Saturday summary

SCELZI TAKES SIXTH IN POMONA QUALIFYING POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2005) - Gary Scelzi is smiling today after racing his Mopar/Oakley Dodge Stratus Funny Car to two strong qualifying passes for the CARQUEST Auto Parts Winternationals, the ...

SCELZI TAKES SIXTH IN POMONA QUALIFYING

POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2005) - Gary Scelzi is smiling today after racing his Mopar/Oakley Dodge Stratus Funny Car to two strong qualifying passes for the CARQUEST Auto Parts Winternationals, the season-opening event of the 2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. His 4.768-second elapsed time at 328.70 mph put him solidly into the top half of the field, in the No. 6 position.

Scelzi posted a respectable 4.842-second ET at 312.78 mph in Thursday's session, which placed him in fifth at the time, an important feat as the teams were well aware that rain would probably wash out Friday's qualifying. It did.

Today's second round of qualifying was less productive, as Scelzi struck the tires and coasted to an 11.142/76.00 pass.

"Yes I am," he said when asked if he was happy to start the season. "It was a little rough going there in the beginning. We missed on one shot and that's OK. We just got more aggressive. The race track is plenty good, and we did what we had to do.

"There's more, but we'll see what kind of weather conditions show tomorrow and then we'll give it whatever it takes."

Scelzi will face Phil Burkart Jr. in the first round of eliminations, which begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Gary Scelzi , Phil Burkart