Sonoma: Gary Scelzi Saturday summary

Scelzi's Oakley Dodge on hot streak in Sonoma. SONOMA, Calif. (Aug. 2, 2003) - Gary Scelzi's Oakley Time Bomb Dodge Stratus continued its hot streak after establishing a track speed record of 318.92 mph last night by setting the fastest speed of...

Scelzi's Oakley Dodge on hot streak in Sonoma.

SONOMA, Calif. (Aug. 2, 2003) - Gary Scelzi's Oakley Time Bomb Dodge Stratus continued its hot streak after establishing a track speed record of 318.92 mph last night by setting the fastest speed of the final round of qualifying today, 311.41 mph, under the heat of the Northern California sun.

Scelzi's elapsed time of 4.934 seconds was also fifth quickest of the session. That final pass gave the Fresno, Calif., resident four out of four rock-solid runs down the Infineon Raceway dragstrip for the weekend, but it didn't help improve his position. Scelzi stayed in the No. 5 qualifying spot by virtue of his 4.849-second elapsed time set on Friday night.

Despite spinning the tires briefly in the earlier round today, Scelzi still managed to score a 4.949/305.70 pass.

"The Oakley Dodge! Man, what can you say when you've got the assets that we have with the downforce and being able to play with this thing and we're not even at maximum spoiler? That's a beautiful thing," said the three-time Top Fuel champion still seeking his first Funny Car win. "We spun the tires earlier today; we wanted to see where we could go. Consistency is the key to this whole game and we've shown that in qualifying. Under different conditions each day, we ran as quick as anyone else, and we ran faster than anyone else. (Crew chief) Mike Neff has done one helluva job this weekend. I can't tell you how pleased I am. I can't remember the last time that we went down the race track four rounds in a row. If we can do that on Sunday we may find out what those POWERade trophies look like."

Scelzi will meet his Oakley teammate Scotty Cannon in the first round of final eliminations tomorrow. "When you're a multi-team owner this stuff happens," he lamented. "We've got Scotty; we raced him before (in Englishtown this year; Scelzi won). He's struggled a little bit in qualifying, but we haven't. But race day you never know what can happen. The good news is that there's going to be an Oakley car in the second round, and you can't get to the second round unless you get past the first round.

"Whatever else happens, I feel really good about where we're at. We've been looking good since the first round in Denver, even though we got beat. We ran really well in Seattle. Unfortunate things happened there, but things are looking pretty good here."

-dsr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Gary Scelzi , Scotty Cannon , Mike Neff