Morgan and Johnson makes solid second runs LAS VEGAS (Oct. 24, 2003) -- Mopar's Larry Morgan guided his Dodge Stratus into the provisional field after the first day of qualifying for this weekend's fall NHRA national event at The Strip at the...
Morgan and Johnson makes solid second runs
LAS VEGAS (Oct. 24, 2003) -- Mopar's Larry Morgan guided his Dodge Stratus into the provisional field after the first day of qualifying for this weekend's fall NHRA national event at The Strip at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Both Allen Johnson and Darrell Alderman also drove into the top 16.
Morgan clicked off a 6.934-second elapsed time at 199.35 mph; taking home the 10th-qualified slot. Despite the effort, Morgan felt there was more available.
"We would have made a lot better run if we had geared it right," Morgan said. "We really have a lot of power here this weekend and I look for us to go quick enough to get into the top five -- if the weather cooperates."
Mopar's Allen Johnson fell in line right behind his factory mate in the 11th slot. The Tennessee resident, who currently sits fifth in points, maneuvered his Dodge Stratus to a 6.937-second lap at 199.37 mph.
"I thought my run was going to be good enough to keep us in the top five," Johnson said. "We missed it a little bit down low, but we're pretty pleased. We know we have a couple of hundredths left in it, which would have put us well within the top five. Anytime you get above the 16th guy here in Pro Stock you have to smile a little bit. I don't know what the weather is supposed to do, but it could be a little cooler tomorrow and it should make it about equal to tonight. The sun will make the track a little slicker."
Three-time POWERade Pro Stock World Champion Darrell Alderman placed his Hemi-powered mount into the 13th position with a 6.942-second elapsed time at 198.88 mph. Alderman came back from a mechanical problem in his first-qualifying session.
"I told (crew chief) Mark Ingersoll the car felt awesome on that run," Alderman said. "We made a real good run on that last one, especially when you consider that we had some trouble in round one. We'll read the computer and see what we can do to tune it up a little bit."
Mopar Pro Stock hot shoe Gene Wilson didn't have a great first day of qualifying. He has yet to make a complete pass down the track, shaking the tires during his two runs and shutting it down early.