Pomona II: Gary Scelzi Friday summary

Scelzi not qualified after two sessions in Pomona POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 7, 2003) - Gary Scelzi finds himself at the bottom of the roster of the largest Funny Car field this season, 24th, after two tire-smoking attempts to qualify in the top 16...

Scelzi not qualified after two sessions in Pomona

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 7, 2003) - Gary Scelzi finds himself at the bottom of the roster of the largest Funny Car field this season, 24th, after two tire-smoking attempts to qualify in the top 16 for the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals in his Oakley Time Bomb Dodge Stratus.

In Thursday's qualifying session he struck the tires at the hit throttle to post a slow 15.347/67.74 run. Today's second session was a near replica, as he again smoked the tires at the launch, coasting to an 18.298/64.36.

Two more qualifying sessions are scheduled for Saturday.

"We know what happened yesterday," he said. "Yesterday we just had too much motor. We're not sure where the back-off zone is with this new combination. But today when I stepped off the clutch all the levers were engaged; all the stages were engaged at the hit of the throttle. The bearing that applies pressure to the clutch has moved and we don't know why it moved. So we have a mystery clutch problem. We don't know why it did it because we brought it back and it's working."

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