Columbus: Mopar Friday summary

Qualifying notes & quotes HEBRON, Ohio (June 13, 2003) -- Mopar NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series drivers completed the first day of qualifying for this weekend's national event at National Trail Raceway. Rain moved into the area and washed out...

Qualifying notes & quotes

HEBRON, Ohio (June 13, 2003) -- Mopar NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series drivers completed the first day of qualifying for this weekend's national event at National Trail Raceway.

Rain moved into the area and washed out the second round of qualifying, but not before Allen Johnson and Darrell Alderman made the provisional field.

Darrell Alderman, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T
Johnson & Johnson Racing
Hometown: Morehead, Ky.
Age: 53
Current Weekend Best Qualifying Time: 6.920 seconds
Current Weekend Best Speed: 199.46 mph
Current Weekend Qualifying Position: 8th

NOTES: Darrell Alderman and his Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T grabbed the provisional eighth slot with a 6.920-second elapsed time at 199.46 mph. The three-time POWERade Pro Stock World Champion was pleased with his effort.

"We could have run a little better in our 60-foot time," Alderman said. "However, we were the quickest car in that right lane with our 60-foot time. We're going to work on some transmission ratios and see if we can't pick it up a bit.

"It's the best track conditions we've ever had here," Alderman added. "This track is traditionally real hard to get down. You usually have to baby the clutch and just finesse your way down the track. The track seems to be tight this weekend."

Allen Johnson, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Stratus R/T
Johnson & Johnson Racing
Hometown: Greeneville, Tenn.
Age: 43
Current Weekend Best Qualifying Time: 6.909 seconds
Current Weekend Best Speed: 198.67 mph
Current Weekend Qualifying Position: 3rd

NOTES: Allen Johnson brought out the new Mopar Parts Dodge Stratus R/T this weekend. The Greeneville, Tenn., resident impressed with a 6.909-second elapsed time at 198.67 mph, taking home a solid place effort after day number one.

"You're talking about a car this works -- this Stratus here," Johnson said. "We really hit the set up to half track. We're still not sure if we can totally dial it in, but the elapsed time was pretty good -- so we brought it back out. We sure didn't have a lot left after that run though. We'll see if we can tune it up just a little bit, and I think we can run a little better in the back half. We'll see if we can stay where we're at -- or if we can't improve.

"It looked like we're one of the top four cars out there," Johnson added. "D.A. looked pretty good in the right lane, so I'm not sure if there's a lot of difference right now."

Larry Morgan, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T
Larry Morgan Racing
Hometown: Newark, Ohio
Age: 48
Current Weekend Best Qualifying Time: 6.975 seconds
Current Weekend Best Speed: 197.22 mph
Current Weekend Qualifying Position: 19th

NOTES: Hometown hero Larry Morgan put together a solid opening round of qualifying today. The Newark, Ohio resident, who drives the Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T, barely missed the top 16 with a 6.975-second elapsed time at 197.22 mph.

"We started out well," said Morgan, who recorded the third-quickest 60-foot time 1.014 seconds. "If we could have just continued on down the track. It jumped and dropped a thousand rpms. If we can get a hold of the track, which we think we can, we should be in good shape to get in the show. I'm pretty excited."

Gene Wilson, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Stratus R/T
Larry Morgan Racing
Hometown: Adairsville, Ga.
Age: 30
Current Weekend Best Qualifying Time: 6.979 seconds
Current Weekend Best Speed: 198.50 mph
Current Weekend Qualifying Position: 21st

NOTES: Gene Wilson wasn't pleased after the first day of qualifying in his Mopar Parts Dodge Stratus R/T. The reigning NHRA rookie of the year clicked off a 6.979-second pass at 198.50 mph.

"Our run this evening was less than spectacular," Wilson said. "We had a couple of major problems -- but, we think we found a handle on that. We have good power this weekend and we want to do well here in Columbus. We just have to go out there and use what power we have."

-Mopar.com-

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