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Encyclopedia > Gary Scelzi

Gary Scelzi, (born August 11, 1960, Fresno, California), is an American dragster racer who has won the NHRA top fuel championship on three occasions. In 1997 he and won the title in his his first full year of competition, after replacing Blaine Johnson, who had been killed at an event in 1996, while leading the top fuel championship. August 11 is the 223rd day of the year (224th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1960 was a leap year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Fresno is the county seat of Fresno County, California. ... Drag racing is a form of auto racing in which cars attempt to complete a fairly short, straight and level course in the shortest amount of time. ... The National Hot Rod Association, known as the NHRA, was founded by Wally Parks in 1951 in the State of California to provide a governing body to organize and promote the sport of drag racing. ... Clocked Speed = 506kph, Kwinana Race Track, W.A., 2005 Top-Fuel Racing refers to a class of drag racing in which the cars are run on 85% nitromethane and about 15% methanol also known as racing alcohol, instead of gasoline. ... 1997 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1996 is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ...

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Gary Scelzi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (263 words)
Gary Scelzi, (born August 11, 1960, Fresno, California), is an American dragster racer who has won the NHRA top fuel championship on three occasions and the funny car title once.
Scelzi unseated the John Force racing dynasty, defeating Force and Robert Hight to win the 2005 NHRA Funny Car Championship, making it the first time since 1992 (McDonald's Larry Minor Racing) a team other than John Force Racing had won the NHRA Funny Car championship.
Scelzi recently purchased a Ford Focus Midget (a spec-class midget) for personal pleasure and entered the 2005 USAC Turkey Night Grand Prix in Irwindale, CA, racing against a midget owned by fellow NHRA Funny Car champion Cruz Pedregon.
Competition Plus.com - Drag Racing's Internet Magazine (2388 words)
Scelzi was the "rookie" driver who had amassed impressive credentials in alcohol dragster and Funny Car ranks for many years before getting the opportunity to compete at the sport's highest level.
Scelzi was the unknown driver chosen by Johnson to take the helm of the family's Top Fuel dragster when his brother Blaine died in a racing accident in 1996.
Scelzi won his first two races and five overall en route to becoming the first rookie to win the NHRA championship and the first to win his first two professional starts.
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