MADISON, Ill. (June 25, 2003) -- Three-time POWERade Pro Stock World Champion Darrell Alderman will debut his new Hemi-powered Dodge Stratus Pro Stock entry at this weekend's Sears Craftsman NHRA Nationals at Gateway International ...
MADISON, Ill. (June 25, 2003) -- Three-time POWERade Pro Stock World Champion Darrell Alderman will debut his new Hemi-powered Dodge Stratus Pro Stock entry at this weekend's Sears Craftsman NHRA Nationals at Gateway International Raceway.
Alderman, who has been competing with a Dodge Neon for the first part of the season, will join teammate and team owner Allen Johnson with the new car. The team completed testing at the Bristol (Tenn.) Dragway on Tuesday, and feel very confident in what they have for this weekend. Mopar factory teammate Gene Wilson also competes with a Dodge Stratus.
"We had an extremely hot and slick track at Bristol to work with and the car made it down every time," Johnson said. "This car has a few different aero things on it than mine does, so it should even be a little better. The new Stratus is an excellent race car but, more importantly, it's a great Sunday car. I love my Stratus and I think Darrell is going to have a lot of luck with his."
Johnson drove his Stratus to the semifinals during the most recent NHRA national event at National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio. The Greeneville, Tenn., resident qualified the car fifth and knocked out Jim Yates in the first round and defending Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin, Jr. in the quarters. It was only the third time that Johnson had competed with the Stratus at a national event.
Alderman, 53, is taking aim at a 29th NHRA national event victory. The Morehead, Ky., resident drove to the finals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., last month.
"The new Stratus will be a good car for us," said Alderman, who currently sits 10th in the POWERade Pro Stock title chase. "The car is much more drivable than the Neon was, and will be fine aerodynamically. The Mopar engineers, especially (aero engineer) Terry DeKoninck, have put a lot of time and effort in making this car competitive. The results will be shown on the race track."