Sonoma: Gary Densham Friday summary

Densham qualifies Racebricks car at Infineon Raceway SONOMA, Calif. (July 29, 2005) --Gary Densham is making strides. Friday night Densham drove his Racebricks Chevy Monte Carlo to a 4.956-second pass at 312.57 mph, good enough to qualify in...

Densham qualifies Racebricks car at Infineon Raceway

SONOMA, Calif. (July 29, 2005) --Gary Densham is making strides. Friday night Densham drove his Racebricks Chevy Monte Carlo to a 4.956-second pass at 312.57 mph, good enough to qualify in the ultra competitive Funny Car field.

Densham's pass put him in the No. 13 position after two sessions at the 18th annual FRAM-Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway.

"We would have liked to run a lot better than that, but we made a mistake in that first pass and it turns out the second pass of the day was the base run we should have started the day with," Densham said. "We need to work on making the first pass count so we can build on it. Especially when we have such prime conditions like we did Friday night."

Densham said the Racebricks car just didn't move well in the middle of the track.

"It got off the line well and then it just doesn't keep going in the middle," Densham said. "We should be able to learn from these two qualifying sessions and turn them into good runs during the heat of the day on Saturday."

Densham said the team had already learned a few things. He didn't even want to get out of his firesuit.

"If I had my way, we would just take the car back around and run again," Densham said. "We're starting to figure out what we're doing and we just need to keep the momentum going."

The NHRA POWERade Series starts pro qualifying with sessions on Friday at 3:45 and 6:45 p.m. Qualifying continues Saturday at noon and 3 p.m. before final eliminations start at 11 a.m. Sunday.

ESPN2 will air coverage of this weekend's event starting with qualifying at 8 p.m. (ET) on Saturday. Final eliminations can be seen on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. (ET) on Sunday.

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