Madison: Mopar Friday summary

MADISON, Ill. (June 27, 2003) -- Mopar NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series drivers completed the first night of qualifying for this weekend's Sears Craftsman NHRA Nationals at Gateway International Raceway, just outside St. Louis. Darrell Alderman,...

MADISON, Ill. (June 27, 2003) -- Mopar NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series drivers completed the first night of qualifying for this weekend's Sears Craftsman NHRA Nationals at Gateway International Raceway, just outside St. Louis.

Darrell Alderman, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Stratus
Johnson & Johnson Racing
Hometown: Morehead, Ky.
Age: 53
Current Weekend Best Qualifying Time: 6.880 seconds
Current Weekend Best Speed: 200.47 mph
Current Weekend Qualifying Position: 19th

Notes: Darrell Alderman sits on the outside looking in after the first day of qualifying. His Mopar Parts Dodge Stratus drove to a 6.880-second elapsed time at 200.47 mph.

"We shook a little bit with the new car," said Alderman, who debuted his new Dodge Stratus tonight. "We'll go back and look at the computer and see if we can't get into the show tomorrow."

Allen Johnson, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Stratus
Johnson & Johnson Racing
Hometown: Greeneville, Tenn.
Age: 43
Current Weekend Best Qualifying Time: 6.829 seconds
Current Weekend Best Speed: 201.16 mph
Current Weekend Qualifying Position: 5th

Notes: Allen Johnson powered his Mopar Parts Dodge Stratus to the provisional fifth position with a 6.829-second elapsed time at 201.16 mph.

"We made a killer run on that last one," Johnson said. "We have a lot left in our 60-foot times. We could have gone a low 6.82 or a high 6.81 that time. That car is awesome -- it's an unbelievable chassis and car. There won't be any difference in the lanes on Sunday either."

Larry Morgan, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Neon
Larry Morgan Racing
Hometown: Newark, Ohio
Age: 48
Current Weekend Best Qualifying Time: 6.853 seconds
Current Weekend Best Speed: 201.13 mph
Current Weekend Qualifying Position: 10th

NOTES: Larry Morgan showed some spark tonight in his Hemi-powered Dodge Neon. The Newark, Ohio resident grabbed the provisional 10th slot with a 6.853-second elapsed time at 201.13 mph.

"We didn't make as good of run on our second one as our first," Morgan said. "It sure feels good to stay in the show though. It's sure a big improvement from where we were the last time we raced. We found and worked on a bunch of little things. All of our thrashing on this thing is starting to pay off. And with Bob Glidden here, he makes sure we don't miss a beat."

Gene Wilson, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Stratus
Larry Morgan Racing
Hometown: Adairsville, Ga.
Age: 30
Current Weekend Best Qualifying Time: 6.893 seconds
Current Weekend Best Speed: 200.29 mph
Current Weekend Qualifying Position: 24th

NOTES: Gene Wilson and the Mopar Parts Dodge Stratus missed the show after posting a 6.893-second elapsed time at 200.29 mph.

"We made a nice hit in that last one," Wilson said. "We made a good clutch run, but our engine was a little down. We hurt something in the engine during our warm-up procedure for round one. We fixed it, but we may have something else going on now. We're going to put in a fresh bullet tomorrow and try and get into the show."

-Mopar.com-

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