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Mopar drivers prepare for 'Sin City'. Johnson & Alderman are Top 10 in Points after three races. LAS VEGAS (March 31, 2003) -- Johnson & Johnson Racing has had a resounding start to the 2003 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season. Mopar drivers...

Mopar drivers prepare for 'Sin City'. Johnson & Alderman are Top 10 in Points after three races.

LAS VEGAS (March 31, 2003) -- Johnson & Johnson Racing has had a resounding start to the 2003 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season. Mopar drivers Allen Johnson (fourth) and Darrell Alderman (seventh) each possess top-10 points positions, and look to improve upon that heading into this weekend's 4th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Johnson has had a final-round appearance at Pomona (Calif.) Raceway and a semifinal round (Gainesville, Fla.) outing already this season. Quite a different story from last year, where the Greenville, Tenn., resident missed the first four races.

"We have definitely been ready for this season," Johnson said. "Along with the help of the Mopar engineers, our guys have really come together. We're running consistently and the cars are real comfortable. We knew we had a good team and I think we're on track for some real good things here in the near future."

Teammate Alderman, who capped off seven-straight round victories with a final-round appearance in last year's SummitRacing.com Nationals, is fond of visiting the Las Vegas facility.

"For some reason, even though we haven't won here, we seem to run real well in Vegas," said Alderman, who has 28 national event victories to his credit. "We've completed a lot of testing here already and I think we've got a real good package for the weekend. We're here to win the thing. Not just chase points."

Ready Stratus

Larry Morgan and Gene Wilson are in the fourth race weekend working with the new Hemi-powered Dodge Stratus R/T Pro Stock car. Morgan has high hopes heading into the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals.

"Contrary to popular belief, I think the Stratus is going to be a great Pro Stock car," Morgan said. "We've done a lot of testing recently and it's been very positive. We've just needed a little more time with the cars. We made a lot of discoveries and made a lot of changes during the Gainesville event. We're right there with these cars."

Wilson, last year's NHRA rookie of the Year, demonstrated those thoughts, barely missing the 16-car field during the most recent Mac Tools Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

"After Friday night qualifying sessions in Gainesville, we made a lot of changes to the car," Wilson said. "Nothing specific, but we changed everything from the clutch set up to the suspension. We made huge changes -- and I think we hit a sweet spot. We are very happy with what we learned."

-Mopar.com-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Darrell Alderman , Larry Morgan , Gene Wilson , Allen Johnson