Topeka: Gary Scelzi Saturday summary

SCELZI COLLECTS NO. 5 IN TOPEKA QUALIFYING TOPEKA, Kan. (May 28, 2005) - Gary Scelzi came on strong in the first three rounds of qualifying for the O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka in the Mopar/Oakley Dodge Stratus Funny...

SCELZI COLLECTS NO. 5 IN TOPEKA QUALIFYING

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 28, 2005) - Gary Scelzi came on strong in the first three rounds of qualifying for the O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka in the Mopar/Oakley Dodge Stratus Funny Car.

He grabbed No. 2 in the first round, with a 4.800/323.66 pass, and established an identical 4.800-second pass in the second session, at a slightly slower speed of 318.92 mph.

The third round produced the second quickest pass of the session for the three-time Top Fuel champion, a 4.844/313.15 run, which placed him fifth in the field.

However, an experiment in the final round failed to work for crew chief Mike Neff, and Scelzi lit the tires to an 11.648/78.57 lap. Scelzi held on to No. 5.

"Well, we were three for four," said the Fresno, Calif., native. "We had the second quickest run in the first (second of the weekend) run today. And we tried something a little different in the last round after we saw our teammate Ron Capps smoke the tires in front of us.

"We're good. We just tried something at the last minute and obviously it didn't work. We're fine, we're ready to go into race day - cold, hot, whatever it takes. We're ready to go."

Scelzi faces Tony Bartone in the first round of final eliminations on Sunday, whom he hasn't met in a round so far this season.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Bartone , Ron Capps , Gary Scelzi , Mike Neff