Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals
Densham draws on good vibrations picked up in Indy
That's especially the case when their last race featured a driver's best elapsed time of the year, which is exactly why Raceb
"When your car's running the way our car was running in Indy, I'd be excited if you told me we were racing in a cow pasture," said Densham, a 59-year-old former schoolteacher from Gahr High School in Bellflower, Calif. "Stewy [co-crew chief John Stewart] joined our team last race and made an immediate impact. He brought a couple of pieces of the overall puzzle that we've been missing.
"We made six runs in Indy and five of them were good, solid passes. We were on our way to beating Frankie [Pedregon] in Round 1. I was already practicing my speech for ESPN halfway down the track until the crank hub sheared off and the Raceb
"The encouraging thing is we have a racecar that can run as well as just about anything in the class. We haven't been able to say that until now. We didn't blow up, even though we probably should have on Monday. The car is there for us now and with Stewy's help, we're only going to get better."
Maple Grove Raceway has produced world record numbers in the past, specifically when the temperatures stay cool. But if Densham had a choice, he'd opt for warmer conditions.
"Right now we're very eager to run with everyone at night when the fireworks go off, but the truth is we're probably much more competitive in the heat," Densham said. "At least that's been the case this summer, especially at Indy.
"We're excited. Believe me, no one in the sport thinks about winning more than me. I want it bad. But I've been around long enough to know that sometimes you have to be patient and build your way up to that level. We're closer now then we've been all year."
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