Indianapolis: Mopar elimination summary

CLERMONT, Ind.-- Mopar Motorsports NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series teams completed eliminations for this weekend's 48th annual U.S. Nationals NHRA Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park. DEAN SKUZA, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Stratus ...

CLERMONT, Ind.-- Mopar Motorsports NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series teams completed eliminations for this weekend's 48th annual U.S. Nationals NHRA Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

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

Dean Skuza and the Mopar Parts Dodge Stratus R/T are on a roll. Following a final-round appearance during yesterday's $100,000 Budweiser Shootout, the Brecksville, Ohio, resident drove to his fourth semifinal in the last five NHRA events during today's U.S. Nationals.

Skuza was finally bitten by a gremlin in his semifinal match with Tommy Johnson, Jr.; as he smoked the tires out of the box and never recovered.

"We haven't made an A to B run out of the box most of the weekend," Skuza said."There is something wrong with this car, and we don't quite know what to do with it. Wer'e going to Atlanta next weekend for the Mopar Nationals and it will be a perfect place for us to test and figure out what's wrong with this car."

Skuza gained a little revenge on Bud Shootout winner Ron Capps in the first round. Capps smoked the tires and Skzua drove through to a 5.162-second elapsed time at 257.09 mph. Despite popping a blower and sending the burst panel spiraling; Skuza beat Tony Pedregon in round two with a 5.162-second lap at 257.09 mph. Pedregon smoked the tires and logged a 5.239/258.76 combination.

GENE WILSON, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T

Gene Wilson lost a close with Greg Anderson in the second round of eliminations today. The 29-year-old Mopar-backed rookie collected a 6.947-elapsed time at 200.05 mph, but it wasn't enough to overcome Anderson's slightly quicker 6.943-second pass at 200.02 mph.

"We're happy with what we did this weekend," Wilson said."Greg just had a .419 light and I had a .454. We have a good race car and have good horsepower. The whole crew is doing an excellent job setting these cars up. We'll go to the next race and see what happens."

Wilson made it to the second round by defeating George Marnell in round one. Wilson ran a 6.942-second elapsed time 199.02 mph; while Marnell posted a 6.961/6.942 combination.

GREG STANFIELD, driver of the DBP Motorsports Dodge Neon R/T

Greg Stanfield, driver of the Hemi-powered DBP Motorsports Dodge Neon R/T, fell in the first round of eliminations to Jeg Coughlin, Jr. The Bossier City, La., resident, who was making his inaugural Pro Stock run at the U.S. Nationals, managed a 6.957-second lap at 198.99 mph. It wasn't quick enough to stave off 6.931/199.05 effort.

"I think the track was actually bad," Stanfield said." We saw a lot of cars that had great 60-foot times. I think what's hurting us is track experience. We seem to run well when the track conditions are good, but really struggle when the conditions are poor. And there's no excuse for me being lat on the tree."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Tony Pedregon , Dean Skuza , Ron Capps , Greg Anderson , Gene Wilson , Greg Stanfield , George Marnell