Denver: Mopar finals notes

MORRISON, Colo. (July 22, 2001) - Dean Skuza and his Mopar Parts Dodge R/T Nitro Funny Car drove to the semifinals of today's Mopar Parts Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway. The Brecksville, Ohio, resident moved to the semifinals after a...

MORRISON, Colo. (July 22, 2001) - Dean Skuza and his Mopar Parts Dodge R/T Nitro Funny Car drove to the semifinals of today's Mopar Parts Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

The Brecksville, Ohio, resident moved to the semifinals after a first-round victory over Gary Densham and a second-round triumph against Whit Bazemore. Skuza smoked the tires versus Bob Gilbertson in the semifinal.

"Every year, the Mopar race here at Bandimere is the most important of the season," Skuza said. "We're happy with the performance of our team and it will set the table for the second half of the season.

"We're starting to find some of the consistency that we have sought all season long," Skuza added. "I can't wait until Seattle because we're looking better every weekend.

"We have been doing this with an aged R/T body," Skuza continued. "Once we get the new Stratus body later this year, we'll be able to make a lot of noise."

Alderman Drives to Second Round
Osborne Out Early

It was a solid debut weekend for the new Pro Stock Dodge Neon R/T. Three-time Winston Pro Stock World Champion and Mopar Parts driver Darrell Alderman advanced to the second round of competition before falling to defending Mopar Parts Mile-High Nationals Pro Stock winner Kurt Johnson.

After posting an impressive fourth-place qualifying effort, Alderman defeated 2000 Winston Pro Stock World Champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. in the first round of eliminations. Alderman clicked off a .416 reaction time and drove to a 7.338-second elapsed time at 188.89 mph.

"We had a real good weekend here for Mopar," Alderman said. "We didn't advance as far as we would like, but these new Neons are great cars. We shook the tires in the second round and it cost us a shot at it. I had to shut the car off before it cause any trouble."

Teammate Mark Osborne and his Hemi-powered Pro Stock Dodge Neon R/T lost to Mike Edwards in the first round of eliminations. The Abingdon, Va., resident posted a 7.344-second elapsed time at 189.20 mph, the top speed of the round.

"We made a nice run, but it just wasn't enough with the right lane," Osborne noted. "We got a lot of great information this weekend and I think we'll be able to take it to the next race. I couldn't be more thankful to all the great Mopar people here to root us on this weekend."

-Mopar

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Kurt Johnson , Bob Gilbertson , Dean Skuza , Whit Bazemore , Gary Densham , Mike Edwards