Densham short on parts, long on enthusiasm SEATTLE (July 24, 2005) - Racebricks Funny Car driver Gary Densham lost his upset bid of No. 1 qualifier Eric Medlen Sunday morning in the opening round of eliminations at the 18th annual CARQUEST Auto...
Densham short on parts, long on enthusiasm
SEATTLE (July 24, 2005) - Racebricks Funny Car driver Gary Densham lost his upset bid of No. 1 qualifier Eric Medlen Sunday morning in the opening round of eliminations at the 18th annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at Pacific Raceways in Seattle. Densham closed to within two-thousandths of a second of his former teammate at the first timer before Medlen pulled away to win by more than a tenth of a second, 4.865 to 5.008.
Densham has an interesting dilemma on his hands, one that's holding back his independent operation at the moment.
"For the first time in my life I've got money to spend on the racecar but right now there is nothing out there to buy," Densham said. "The majority of components on a racecar are specialty items and a lot of the big suppliers are down on stock. They should get caught up within the next few weeks but right now it's just frustrating for us."
"Sure, we've hurt more parts then we should have and that's put us at a deficit, but the support we've received from Marty [Yacoobian, Racebricks owner and CEO] and Torco Race Fuels, we've got the budget to fill the cabinets with parts. There just isn't any parts to buy at the moment."
Taking a cautious path, Densham successfully qualified for his 10th race of the year with a 5.004 at 297.48 mph. Showing consistency, he was able to match the elapsed time in Round 1 of eliminations. Medlen just had too much horsepower.
"We didn't want to beat ourselves," Densham said. "We wanted to get the car down the track and make him beat us, which is what he did. I know how great that entire team is over there and [John Force Racing] hasn't won 14 titles by accident. They're always tough to race even when everything is going perfect."
"We'll get this Racebricks Chevrolet Monte Carlo ready for Sonoma in a few days and we'll do it all over again, hopefully with happier results. Generally, I'm a happy guy but I still want to win as much as ever before."
ESPN2 will air coverage of this weekend's event starting. Final eliminations can be seen on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. (ET) tonight.
The next NHRA POWERade Drag Racing event is the FRAM-Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. Pro qualifying starts Friday.