Columbus: Mopar Motorsports finals summary

Alderman drives to third final of the season, three-time champ vaults to fourth in points. HEBRON, Ohio.-- Darrell Alderman, who pilots the the Hemi-powered Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T, made his third final of the season before falling to Greg ...

Alderman drives to third final of the season, three-time champ vaults to fourth in points.

HEBRON, Ohio.-- Darrell Alderman, who pilots the the Hemi-powered Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T, made his third final of the season before falling to Greg Anderson.

The three-time POWERade Pro Stock World Champion grabbed a starting-line advantage on Anderson (.452-.464), but something in the transmission gave way. Anderson cruised to victory with a 6.924 second elapsed time at 199.05 mph.

"I started to shift into second and it just locked up," Alderman said."We had a great weekend from a points perspective and ran pretty well. We qualified in the top half for the first time this season and that's a positive step."

Alderman advanced to the semifinals with a decisive victory over George Marnell in round one (6.914-6.958 seconds). Then the 28-time national event winner beat Allen Johnson in round two. Johnson broke at the 10-foot mark.

Alderman matched up with Mark Whisnant in the semifinals, and the duo performed a classic burn down. Alderman outfoxed Whisnant on the starting line and took an easy victory. The Morehead, Ky., resident ran his best elapsed time of eliminations with a 6.926-second elapsed time at 199.73 mph.

The final-round appearance vaulted from the eighth to fourth in the POWERade Pro Stock points chase.

DEAN SKUZA, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Stratus R/T

Dean Skuza and the Mopar Parts Dodge Stratus R/T left on Tommy Johnson, Jr., but a slick right lane was too much to overcome in the second round. Johnson clocked at 4.940-second lap at 299.40 mph as Skuza ran a 5.053-second elapsed time at 296.76 mph.

"It felt slow out there," Skuza said."We slid around out there and it cost us. We got out on him and I thought we could have gotten him."

Skuza beat then points leader Gary Densham in the first round with a solid 5.007-second elapsed time at 295.66 mph. Densham shut off early.

LARRY MORGAN, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T

Larry Morgan fell to No. 1 qualifier Jim Yates in the first round of eliminations today. The blue Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T of Morgan lapped his hometown quarter mile in 6.967 seconds at 196.62 mph, but Yates ran a 6.879-second elapsed time at 199.43 mph.

"We qualified this weekend," said the Newark, Ohio resident."And it seems like 90 percent of those people who want to qualify at their own event don't ever make it. It was really a good thing that we made it. We really didn't make too good of a run in that first round. The lane was so bad and water was coming up through the cracks."

-Mopar.com-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Darrell Alderman , Dean Skuza , Greg Anderson , Larry Morgan , Tommy Johnson , Gary Densham , Allen Johnson , Mark Whisnant