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Scelzi, Sarver, Allen and Brown
All Leaders After First Day at Bandimere Speedway

By NHRA.com

MORRISON, Colo. - Gary Scelzi led all Top Fuel competitors Friday at the 22nd annual Mopar Parts Mile-High Nationals at scenic Bandimere Speedway.

Bruce Sarver, Bruce Allen and Antron Brown also led their respective categories at the $1.8 million race, the 14th of 24 events in the $50 million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series.

Scelzi blasted his Alan Johnson-tuned Team Winston dragster down the quarter-mile in 4.646 seconds at 315.64 mph to set the pace in the field and edge current Winston points leader Kenny Bernstein for the top spot. Scelzi is aiming for his second straight No. 1 qualifying position in an attempt to make a second-half surge in the standings. The 23-time event winner is still seeking his first victory of the year.

"I like being No. 1," said Scelzi. "Every qualifying point counts right now, especially with the year we have been having. The car has made tremendous power all season but we have been having some problems with the new clutches we have been using. A lot of other teams have been having clutch problems too. We are starting to figure it out and if we get it right, we will be good for a long time. And I don't mean just this year, but for several years to come."

Sarver, who is Scelzi's teammate, powered his e-moola.com Pontiac Firebird to an elapsed time track record run of 4.959 at 307.02 to lead the Funny Car field. Sarver's effort gave team owner Johnson two No. 1 qualifiers after the first day of competition.

"(Crew chief) Richard (Hogan) said that if the Firebird stuck it would run a 4.95 and that's what happened," said Sarver. "The run was as smooth as glass and as straight as an arrow. We were running 247 mph at half-track, and to do that up here (in the elevation) is pretty impressive. The Firebird was just perfect. I couldn't be happier. This was a great way to start a weekend."

Last season Whit Bazemore made the first Funny Car pass under five seconds at the mountain side facility. Six drivers made passes in the 4.90s during the evening qualifying session with Sarver leading the way.

Allen drove his Pontiac Grand Am to the top of the Pro Stock order when he covered the distance in 7.273 at 188.91 just ahead of fellow Pontiac Grand Am driver Jim Yates.

Darrell Alderman and Mark Osborne made a strong debut in the new Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/Ts, qualifying fourth and tenth respectively in the ultra-competitive category.

Brown rode his Team 23 Suzuki to a Pro Stock Motorcycle elapsed time track record pass of 7.641 at 176.88 to lead the two-wheel category just ahead of hometown favorite Matt Hines. Current Winston champion and defending event winner Angelle Savoie is currently qualified seventh, her worst spot of the year after the first day of qualifying.

Professional qualifying continues Saturday at 10:30 a.m. 

MORRISON, Colo. - Friday's qualifying results for the 22nd annual Mopar Parts Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway, 14th of 24 events in the $50 million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series.

TOP FUEL 
1. Gary Scelzi, 4.646 seconds, 315.64 mph; 2. Kenny Bernstein, 4.701, 313.80; 3. Tony Schumacher, 4.723, 307.51; 4. Mike Dunn, 4.741, 285.29; 5. David Grubnic, 4.806, 301.54; 6. Larry Dixon, 4.840, 277.26; 7. Darrell Russell, 4.941, 272.17; 8. Paul Romine, 5.008, 238.01; 9. Joe Hartley, 5.088, 288.52; 10. Rhonda Hartman-Smith, 5.094, 228.58; 11. Doug Herbert, 5.658, 252.76; 12. Don Sosenka, 5.816, 231.83; 13. Bobby Lagana Jr, 6.501, 136.36; 14. Doug Kalitta, 7.585, 109.96; 15. Garth Widdison, 8.896, 93.35.

FUNNY CAR 
1. Bruce Sarver, Pontiac Firebird, 4.959, 307.02; 2. Tommy Johnson Jr., Chevy Camaro, 4.961, 287.96; 3. John Force, Ford Mustang, 4.973, 305.08; 4. Gary Densham, Mustang, 4.980, 312.78; 5. Whit Bazemore, Firebird, 4.987, 305.36; 6. Scotty Cannon, Firebird, 4.987, 273.88; 7. Dean Skuza, Dodge R/T, 5.030, 297.68; 8. Chuck Etchells, Camaro, 5.072, 301.13; 9. Jerry Toliver, Firebird, 5.098, 303.23; 10. Tony Pedregon, Mustang, 5.114, 288.46; 11. Jim Epler, Camaro, 5.125, 288.15; 12. Frank Pedregon, Firebird, 5.179, 267.32; 13. Al Hofmann, Firebird, 5.367, 263.20; 14. Keith Jackson, Dodge Daytona, 5.470, 263.20; 15. Johnny Gray, Firebird, 5.861, 204.98; 16. Ron Capps, Camaro, 7.033, 124.08. 

PRO STOCK 
1. Bruce Allen, Pontiac Grand Am, 7.273, 188.91; 2. Jim Yates, Grand Am, 7.280, 188.99; 3. Warren Johnson, Grand Am, 7.283, 189.71; 4. Darrell Alderman, Dodge Neon R/T, 7.285, 189.28; 5. Kurt Johnson, Chevy Cavalier, 7.286, 189.60; 6. V. Gaines, Cavalier, 7.294, 188.96; 7. Mike Edwards, Cavalier, 7.295, 188.10; 8. Tom Martino, Grand Am, 7.308, 188.57; 9. Ron Krisher, Cavalier, 7.313, 188.70; 10. Mark Osborne, Neon R/T, 7.317, 188.44; 11. Troy Coughlin, Cavalier, 7.318, 188.62; 12. Jeg Coughlin, Cavalier, 7.320, 188.57; 13. George Marnell, Grand Am, 7.340, 188.17; 14. Mark Pawuk, Grand Am, 7.341, 188.65; 15. Allen Johnson, Dodge Avenger, 7.343, 187.26; 16. Brad Jeter, Grand Am, 7.344, 187.21. 

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE 
1. Antron Brown, Suzuki, 7.641, 176.88; 2. Matt Hines, Suzuki, 7.642, 177.07; 3. Geno Scali, Suzuki, 7.666, 177.58; 4. Mike Berry, Suzuki, 7.693, 177.37; 5. GT Tonglet, Suzuki, 7.694, 177.72; 6. Shawn Gann, Suzuki, 7.700, 173.25; 7. Angelle Savoie, Suzuki, 7.700, 170.19; 8. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 7.731, 177.44; 9. Craig Treble, Suzuki, 7.754, 174.35; 10. Reggie Showers, Suzuki, 7.764, 173.27; 11. Ron Ayers, Suzuki, 7.775, 177.46; 12. Blaine Hale, Kawasaki, 7.853, 171.14; 13. Brian DeLong, Suzuki, 7.855, 170.17; 14. Dennis Mirante, Suzuki, 7.858, 169.70; 15. Chris Bostick, Suzuki, 7.866, 168.05; 16. Joe DeSantis, Suzuki, 8.005, 169.61. 

-- nhra.com

 

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