JOLIET, Ill. -- Mopar Motorsports NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series teams completed the first day of qualifying for this weekend's Chicagoland Dodge Dealers NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway.

NOTABLE: Dean Skuza clocked the quickest elapsed time if his career at 4.794 seconds during qualifying for last year's event

The following are notes and quotes from today's qualifying activity.

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

Dean Skuza continues his mastery of the Route 66 Raceway quarter mile. Skuza and his Mopar Parts Dodge Stratus R/T grabbed the third-qualifying spot with a 4.832-second elapsed time at 312.86 mph.

"The new tires are a real improvement," said Skuza, who decided to make the switch this weekend."The car felt so good and it was on a rail going down through there. We took some downforce off on that last run and it worked the way wanted. We still have a lot left in the thing."

The pass was Skuza's quickest with the new Dodge Stratus R/T body.

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

It was a stellar second round of qualifying for Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T driver Gene Wilson. The 29-year-old rookie captured the seventh slot with a 6.882-second run at 200.56 mph.

"This Hemi Neon is really running well right now," Wilson said."All the great Chicagoland Dodge Dealers are here this weekend, so it's real important to make a good show out of it."

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

Larry Morgan and the blue Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T missed the provisional top 16 after the first day of qualifying. With two sessions left, Morgan will try to improve on a 6.909-second lap at 199.82 mph.

"We blew the tires off of it," Morgan said." We're going to look at the computer and see where we can pick up for tomorrow. We want to put on a great show for all the great Dodge folks here this weekend,"

DARRELL ALDERMAN, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T

Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T pilot Darrell Alderman had a frustrating night of qualifying and missed the top-16 qualifiers. The three-time POWERade Pro Stock World Champion clicked off a 6.932-second lap at 199.64 mph.

"We spun the tires up in second and third," Alderman said."We couldn't recover after that. We're going to change some things tomorrow and see what we can come up with."