Brainerd: Mopar elimination notes

Alderman & Osborne Out Early BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 19, 2001) - Three-time Winston Pro Stock World Champion Darrell Alderman, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T, fell to Ron Krisher in the first round of eliminations during today's NHRA ...

Alderman & Osborne Out Early

BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 19, 2001) - Three-time Winston Pro Stock World Champion Darrell Alderman, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T, fell to Ron Krisher in the first round of eliminations during today's NHRA national event at Brainerd International Raceway.

Krisher ran a quicker 6.962-second elapsed time at 197.94 mph to Alderman's 7.003-second run at 197.83 mph.

"We made a pretty run on the computer," Alderman said. "We were just a little light in the clutch and it cost us. We ran decent this weekend and we'll go after it in Indy."

The same fate befell Alderman's teammate Mark Osborne, who lost in the first round to Mike Edwards on a holeshot. Edwards clocked a .471-.438 advantage at the start, but ran a slower 6.971-second elapsed time at 197.42 mph. He was able to hold off Osborne's 6.970-second pass at 197.91 mph, his best of the weekend.

"The car was real fast and made a nice run," Osborne said. "I just lost it in the tree and Edwards got me. We learned a lot with the new Neon's' this weekend and we should be ready for Indianapolis."

Skuza Drops Cylinder

Dean Skuza and the Mopar Parts Dodge R/T Nitro Funny Car smoked the tires and lost in the first round of eliminations to number one qualifier Whit Bazemore. The Brecksville, Ohio, resident talked about the run.

"We dropped a cylinder on the hit," said Skuza, who held a .491-.525 starting line advantage. "I had a nice holeshot on the start, but it just didn't do what we wanted. We had hoped that we had gotten rid of our gremlins during qualifying."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Darrell Alderman , Dean Skuza , Ron Krisher , Mike Edwards