NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals
Scelzi: 'It's not easy to defend'
With a successful resume on his side, the driver of the Mopar/Oakley Dodge Charger Funny Car plans to make up for the surprising DNQ in Houston last week at this weekend's NHRA Summitracing.com Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the site of his previous (and only one with
It was just his fourth race into his initial season with DSR and first full season in the Funny Car class when he failed to qualify in Vegas that year. He went on to win once that season (sixth in points), three times in 2004 (third in points) and finally nailed down a Funny Car championship in 2005 with three victories.
"It's always harder to defend," says Scelzi, who is 13th in the point standings after four races. "I never thought we'd have the start that we had. Effort equals results, except in this case, because we put a lot of effort into this program over the winter and every week and we're just not seeing the results."
No one's to blame, says Scelzi, but it's crew chief
"How we deal with it is another thing. We have to stay upbeat, we have to go at this harder, we can't lighten up, and, if it's possible, work even harder. I
On why the car has tested well, yet struggled in competition: "Conditions change, tracks change and these cars are so complex," Scelzi responds. "Something could be intermediate and it'll throw you a bone. Our car is not throwing us a bone. It's not doing what it's told to do. We made some drastic changes and the car didn't respond (in
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