Phoenix: Team Mopar finals notes

CHANDLER, Ariz. (Feb. 18, 2001) - Changing track conditions hurt the Team Mopar Nitro Funny Car of Dean Skuza today when he smoked the tires and lost in round one to Gary Densham during the Checker Schuck's Kragen NHRA Nationals at Firebird ...

CHANDLER, Ariz. (Feb. 18, 2001) - Changing track conditions hurt the Team Mopar Nitro Funny Car of Dean Skuza today when he smoked the tires and lost in round one to Gary Densham during the Checker Schuck's Kragen NHRA Nationals at Firebird International Raceway.

Densham ran a 5.041-second run at 295.21 mph as Skuza coasted across the stripe with a 6.752/138.40 lap.

"We decided not to change anything from last night," said Skuza, who took the No. 1 qualifying position with a career-best 4.805-second elapsed time. "The track was totally different from yesterday. We thought we could have matched the nice numbers, but the track just didn't hold it."

No. 9 qualifier Darrell Alderman, driver of the Team Mopar Dodge R/T Pro Stock entry, fell to Brad Jeter in the first round of eliminations for the Checker Schuck's Kragen NHRA Nationals at Firebird International Raceway.

Jeter ran a 6.922-second elapsed time at 198.88 mph, outdistancing Alderman's 6.930/198.90 combination.

"That left lane wasn't very good, " said the three-time NHRA Winston Pro Stock World Champion. "We were behind all weekend. There is a bright future ahead of us though."

The same fate befell Team Mopar teammate Mark Osborne, as the Abingdon, Va. driver lost in the first round to Jim Yates. Osborne took a starting line advantage (.433-.444), but Yates moved around him at the top end. Yates clocked a 6.927/199.26 and Osborne ran 6.975/198.96.

"We weren't too good in the left lane," Osborne remarked. "We'll get them in the next race. We have some time for testing and we'll be ready for Gainesville (Fla.).

Dodge Motorsports R/T Pro Stock driver Larry Morgan lost to Ron Krisher in round one of eliminations for the Checker Schuck's Kragen NHRA Nationals at Firebird International Raceway.

Krisher ran a hefty 6.888-second elapsed time at 200.08 mph, outrunning a slower 6.936/198.90 outing for Morgan.

"I tell you what, that left lane was bad," Morgan said. "The car was a little loose. I'm hoping to pick up the pace when we get to Gainesville (Fla.)

-Team Mopar-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Darrell Alderman , Brad Jeter , Dean Skuza , Ron Krisher , Larry Morgan , Gary Densham