Archive for Gary Scelzi

The quill has been busy even though the site hasn’t

Posted in IRL, NASCAR, NHRA with tags , , , , , on January 31, 2009 by Martin Henderson

Just a note to all the good people who stop by RACESCRIBE. I haven’t forgotten about you, it’s just that the hardest job in the world is being unemployed, and I’ve been trying to find work in order to, you know, pay my bills.

Having said that, I’m hopeful of getting out to Pomona for the season-opening NHRA Winternationals, which will initiate the 2009 RACESCRIBE season. I’m hoping to post some columns that I’ve already worked on, meaning you will get Gary Scelzi, Hillary Will, and a preview of Funny Car and Top Fuel.

For those with NASCAR allegiances, who would you rather read about, Jeff Gordon or Robby Gordon? Well, columns about both are on the horizon. Might even be able to fit in a Sprint Cup preview before Daytona (the 500, not the Shootout). Plus, a couple of other things are lined up.

Don’t worry, there’s an Indycar column already done, but no sense in wasting it now. The season doesn’t really begin until March when Helio Castroneves goes on trial.

The point is, there’s stuff coming down the pike, even though the site hasn’t been updated for two months. It wasn’t my intent to leave it that long, but it wasn’t my intent to still be out of a job, either.

Anyway, keep checking out racescribe. I’ll try to take care of you.

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NHRA: Under pressure, Pedregon earns his money

Posted in Column, NHRA with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2008 by Martin Henderson

Cruz Pedregon had prepared himself for this moment. Had told himself everything would be all right, that he would be relaxed, that the first round of the 44th Auto Club Finals in Pomona would be just another race.

That’s what he kept telling himself, lying with every word.

Money time.

He was going up against journeyman Jerry Toliver. It would be OK.

Keep calm and stay focused. It was no different from 500 other runs in his career.

Then he tried to strap himself into his 8,000 horsepower Toyota Funny Car and it took hold.

The pressure that he said he would avoid? His body was imploding.

Money time.

Pedregon had crossed over into Ron Capps’ world, had discovered what it was like to be stuffed into a fishbowl and squeezed with a million dreams.
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NHRA: With moment gone, is success Capped?

Posted in Column, NHRA with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2008 by Martin Henderson

You never know when your moment has passed forever. There’s always tomorrow. At least, that’s the hope.

For Ron Capps, tomorrow has not yet come.

The best NHRA funny car driver to not win a championship suffered through a Powerade Drag Racing season that was about as successful as John Edwards’ campaign, but without the revelations of adultery.

So, at least he has that going for him.
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NHRA: No need to fear, Wilkerson is here

Posted in Column, NHRA with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2008 by Martin Henderson

Tim Wilkerson has a gentle voice, a happy face and drag racing by the throat.

For years, he has raced with bandaids and bubble gum on a shoestring budget.

For years, he has been consigned to the second tier.

For years, he has been in the shadow of John Force, Tony Pedregon and Gary Scelzi.

Not this year.

He is the best story in motorsports, the second coming of Alan Kulwicki, who stunned NASCAR when his single car team won the Winston Cup championship in 1992.

In a sport with four Force entries, three Don Schumacher entries and two from the Pedregon brothers, Wilkerson is leading the NHRA Powerade Drag Racing championship. He has fewer resources than Kenny Bernstein and Del Worsham, yet six times this season he has held Sweet Wally Purebred over his head, the trophy that goes to every winner who is a real life Underdog.
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