Pomona II: Johnny Gray final summary

Gray loses to Worsham in first round at Pomona POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 14, 2004) - Johnny Gray had a unique opportunity today to defeat his teammate Gary Scelzi's opponent for second place in the 2004 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Funny Car ...

Gray loses to Worsham in first round at Pomona

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 14, 2004) - Johnny Gray had a unique opportunity today to defeat his teammate Gary Scelzi's opponent for second place in the 2004 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Funny Car championship.

Driving Don Schumacher's Wonder Wagon Dodge from the 14th qualifying position in today's Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals, Gray ended his six-event run in 2004 with Don Schumacher Racing losing in the first round of eliminations to Del Worsham.

A victory against Worsham would have given Scelzi the chance to claim second place behind John Force, as the driver who would go the most rounds today would emerge the winner of that chase.

Gray jumped out first at the starting line with an excellent .068 (.000 is perfect) reaction time to Worsham's .096, but rattled the tires early on the R&D vehicle added by Don Schumacher late in the season. Worsham was there to be had, however, as he also lost traction, yet collected the victory with a relatively slow 4.993/285.17 to Gray's losing 8.589/100.84.

As it turned out, when Scelzi lost the semifinals, Worsham, who was runner-up today, claimed No. 2.

"It just wasn't meant to be," said Gray. "It was just a hair aggressive and it smoked the tires. We just stumbled and we should have had him.

"I knew I left on him, but I didn't how bad. I was trying to cut a good light and give us the best chance to try to help Gary so he could end up second."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Del Worsham , John Force , Gary Scelzi , Johnny Gray , Don Schumacher