Baytown: Mopar Motorsports Friday summary

Alderman grabs top half in day one of Houston. BAYTOWN, Texas (April 11, 2003) -- Mopar NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series drivers completed the first day of qualifying for the O'Reilly Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park. Darrell...

Alderman grabs top half in day one of Houston.

BAYTOWN, Texas (April 11, 2003) -- Mopar NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series drivers completed the first day of qualifying for the O'Reilly Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park.

Darrell Alderman , driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T
Johnson & Johnson Racing
Current Weekend Best Qualifying Time: 6.744 seconds (A Career Best)
Current Weekend Best Speed: 203.98 mph (A Career Best)
Current Weekend Qualifying Position: Sixth

Notes: Darrell Alderman drove his Hemi-powered Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T to the top half of the quickest NHRA Pro Stock field in history. The three-time POWERade Pro Stock World Champion ran a career-best 6.744-second elapsed time at 203.98 mph; also a career best. The bump is currently an impressive 6.768 seconds; the previous quickest field was set at Pomona (Calif.) Raceway earlier this year with a 6.815-second bump.

"We're real happy with that run," Alderman said. "It seemed like it rattled a little bit in low. We might of gotten a little more out of it. I think we can go 204 mph tomorrow morning. The car is working well and it could possibly better tomorrow morning. But who knows what this thing might do. It's all seventy field right now. It's pretty neat just to be a part of it."

Allen Johnson , driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Stratus R/T
Johnson & Johnson Racing
Current Weekend Best Qualifying Time: 6.757 seconds (A Career Best)
Current Weekend Best Speed: 204.45 mph
Current Weekend Qualifying Position: 10th

Notes: Allen Johnson made a big splash in his new Dodge Stratus R/T Pro Stock entry. The Greeneville, Tenn., resident ran a career-best 6.757-second elapsed time at 204.45 mph to garner the 10th qualified position.

"I guess we have to be satisfied because we only have 10 runs on this new car overall," Johnson said. "We're almost in the top half -- so I'm happy with that. The engine we have in the car is certainly capable of running well. I think it's a top-three engine. We've got a few growing pains, but we'll definitely be getting better."

Larry Morgan , driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Stratus R/T
Larry Morgan Racing
Current Weekend Best Qualifying Time: 6.908 seconds
Current Weekend Best Speed: 200.41 mph
Current Weekend Qualifying Position: 33rd

NOTES: Larry Morgan struggled during todays qualifying -- lapping the Houston Raceway Park quarter mile in 6.908 seconds at 200.41 mph.

"We had trouble in the carburetors," Morgan said. "The car would leave -- stop -- then leave again. We definitely have a problem with the car that we need to figure out."

Gene Wilson , driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Stratus R/T
Larry Morgan Racing
Current Weekend Best Qualifying Time: 6.810 seconds
Current Weekend Best Speed: 203.74 mph
Current Weekend Qualifying Position: 24th

NOTES: Gene Wilson missed the top 16 with a 6.810-second elapsed time at 203.74 mph. The Georgia resident talked about today's qualifying effort.

"It tugged the motor down quite a bit that time," Wilson said. "We need to try to get this Stratus tuned up for tomorrow. Unfortunately, we didn't run very well. Tomorrow is a new day -- and since we run early in the morning -- there's a good chance that we can get in. I think the air is going to be pretty good -- so I think we can get in. We're going to be in the worse (right) of the two lanes. We're going to have to play the hand that was dealt to us. We're going to change some of the gear ratios in the transmission and see where that gets us."

-Mopar.com-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Darrell Alderman , Larry Morgan , Gene Wilson , Allen Johnson