Las Vegas: Mopar Friday qualifying notes

LAS VEGAS (April 6, 2001) - Darrell Alderman, driver of the Hemi-powered Mopar Parts Dodge R/T, wielded a little old-time magic by grabbing the number-one slot after the first day of qualifying for Sunday's SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The...

LAS VEGAS (April 6, 2001) - Darrell Alderman, driver of the Hemi-powered Mopar Parts Dodge R/T, wielded a little old-time magic by grabbing the number-one slot after the first day of qualifying for Sunday's SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Alderman, who also took the top spot after the first day of qualifying for the Gatornationals at Gainesville (Fla.) Raceway earlier this season, blistered the suburban Las Vegas quarter mile with a track record 6.976-second elapsed time at 197.42 mph.

"I just drove the car much better on that second run," said the three-time Winston Pro Stock World Champion. "I'm real pleased with how the guys adjusted from round one to round two. We seem to be real consistent right now, and the Hemi engine has been consistent. That will bode well come race day."

Alderman's Mopar Parts Dodge R/T teammate Mark Osborne didn't run as well, as the Abingdon, Va. resident missed the show with a 7.049/196.85 combination.

"It's still a little frustrating," said Osborne. "We're chasing the clutch and trying some different combinations. We should be alright tomorrow."

Top Half of the Field

The Mopar Parts Dodge R/T Nitro Funny Car of Dean Skuza managed to collect the eighth-qualifying position after day one of activity at the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Skuza, who briefly held the track record in his first qualifying effort with a 4.886-second pass, drove to a 4.875-second elapsed time at 304.53 mph.

"We're running those bracket car numbers again," Skuza commented. "It's so nice to have the consistency. During that second run, I had to shut it off early because we dropped a cylinder. We were on a real nice run on that last one.

"I really enjoy coming here," Skuza added. "It's a great facility and we had a real nice crowd out there."

Morgan Solidly In

Larry Morgan and the Hemi-powered Dodge Motorsports R/T Pro Stock entry moved into the 14th position during the second round of qualifying for this weekend's SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The Newark, Ohio resident ran a solid 7.029-second pass at 197.10 mph. Morgan explains his weekend thus far.

"I kind of like running in the upper elevations," Morgan quoted. "We are a little soft in the clutch area. We'll pick it up tomorrow and be okay. The track is pretty good, but we'll just have to see what the weather is going to bring."

Eaton's On the Outside

Craig Eaton just missed the top 16 in his Dodge Motorsports Dakota R/T Pro Stock Truck entry for this weekend's SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at the Las Vegas Motor Speeddway.

Eaton ran his Magnum P-5 powered entry to a 7.693-second lap at 175.59 mph, leaving the Phoenix, Ariz. resident in the 18th slot.

"We're really moving to the right on out runs," Eaton said. "We are losing a lot of time with the staring line problems. We look at the run and see where we can improve."

It was also a frustrating day for Mopar Parts Dodge Dakota R/T pilot Dale Eaton. The veteran Pro Stock Truck driver ran a 7.717/173.96 combination.

"We thought we had found the problem after Houston," said D. Eaton. "We experienced the same problem Craig did. The truck just veers to the right on the launch. That's where we've lost a lot of our elapsed time."

Inauspicious Debut

Todd Patterson, who unveiled his newly configured Dodge Motorsports Dakota R/T Pro Stock Truck entry earlier in the day, found the maiden voyage a little treacherous during the first day of qualifying for Sunday SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The August, Kan. resident ran a 7.709-second elapsed time at 175.66 mph in the second session, bettering a first run that saw only seven cylinders firing at the end of the quarter mile.

"There's a lot we've got to sort out with the new truck," said an optimistic Patterson. "I'm pretty excited with the new truck though. We're happy that we're running an equal truck right now."

-Mopar-

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NHRA
Drivers Darrell Alderman , Dean Skuza , Larry Morgan , Todd Patterson