Scelzi Masters Bristol
There was no May Day signal coming from the Mopar/Oakley Dodge Stratus Funny Car camp today – only high-fives, hugs and kudos. Gary Scelzi finally mastered Bristol Dragway, one of four pro NHRA tracks at which he’s not won in his illustrious NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series career.
His win against Jeff Arend in the final round today marked his 30th career win, his fifth in Funny Car, and his first of the season, while setting a track record of 329.26 mph. Scelzi’s 4.815/329.26 beat out Arend’s 4.971/282.42.
The three-time Top Fuel champion, who is seeking his first Funny Car crown, moved into fourth in points, and trails his teammate and points leader Whit Bazemore by 63 points.
"Mike Neff (Crew Chief) was absolutely incredible today. He reminded me of (John Force’s crew chief Austin) Coil, or Alan Johnson on the U.S. Army Top Fuel car, or Conrad Kalitta on the Kalitta Top Fuel cars," remarks Scelzi.
"If I ever decide to pull the pin (and retire from drag racing), I want to have won at every venue that we’ve been at, and Bristol has always been a tough one for us. I don’t think I’ve ever been past the semifinals and that was during the Winston Showdown days. To win this one is incredible. This place is one of the neatest state-of-the art places that we go to."