Scelzi fastest in first day of testing at The Strip at LVMS



            Defending NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Funny Car Champion Gary Scelzi posted the fastest time during the first day of the NHRA Nitro Blast-off Preseason Test session Friday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Scelzi posted a time of 4.86 sec. at 246.57 mph under chilly conditions. But as Gary would tell you, it's better health -- not bigger improvements on the car -- which will give him that advantage this year.

            "In the off season I hired a personal trainer," said Scelzi. "I work out with the trainer four days a week and then do cardio two days a week."

            Seclzi says that though winning the championship last year was great, the season brought on a lot of added stress he wasn't expecting.

            "I wasn't sleeping well last year during the season," said Scelzi. "My nerves were bad and I was eating badly."

            Scelzi says that testing at The Strip will give them and idea of what to expect from the upcoming season.

            "We're going to try some new things today," said Scelzi. "That's why we test. To see what works good and what works bad and then to take that and make it work this year."

Times posted by other drivers include: Whit Bazemore (5.187 sec./212 mph), Ron Capps (4.866 sec.) and John Force (5.205 sec./204 mph).

            The NHRA Nitro Blast-off Preseason Test Session will continue through Monday at 5 p.m. The grandstand and pit area are open to the public. Single-day adult admission tickets are $22.  Multi-day discount passes also are available.  For additional ticket information, please call (702) 644-4444 or visit