Pomona: Team Mopar Friday qualifying notes

Alderman & Osborne Move Up POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 2, 2001) - Team Mopar Pro Stock driver Darrell Alderman blistered the Pomona Raceway quarter mile and moved to the sixth-qualifying position after the second day of activity at the Auto Zone ...

Alderman & Osborne Move Up

POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 2, 2001) - Team Mopar Pro Stock driver Darrell Alderman blistered the Pomona Raceway quarter mile and moved to the sixth-qualifying position after the second day of activity at the Auto Zone Winternationals NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series season opener.

Alderman flashed through the timing lights with a 6.873-second lap at 200.56 mph, moving up from his 15th-qualifying position Thursday.

"It shook the tires all the way through second," said the three-time NHRA Winston Pro Stock World Champion. "I know there is a lot more left in it."

New Team Mopar shoe Mark Osborne drove to a 6.893-second elapsed time at 200.83 mph, collecting the 13th qualifying position. The former Pro Stock Truck standout was pleased with the outcome.

"It was a pretty good run," Osborne commented. "We still have more in it. I'm excited with what we have here at Nickens Racing. The Hemi sure has a lot of power, especially at the mid-ranges."

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Skuza Slows in Second Round

POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 2, 2001) - Dean Skuza, driver of the Team Mopar Dodge R/T Nitro Funny Car, missed the setup and fell out of the top 16 after the second round of qualifying for the AutoZone Winternationals at Pomona Raceway.

Skuza shut off the Skuza Motorsports entry at about half-track and coasted to a 6.10-second elapsed time at 148.58 mph.

"We were just a little too aggressive on that one," Skuza said. "I think it would have been okay if we would have been in the right lane. (Co-Crew Chief John) Stewart likes to have an aggressive clutch. We're going to back off a little and get it into the show.

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Morgan to Change Engine

POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 2, 2001) - Dodge Motorsports R/T driver Larry Morgan will put in a new Hemi engine after failing to qualify during the second round of activity for the AutoZone Winternationals at Pomona Raceway.

Morgan clicked off a 6.909-second pass at 199.29 mph, taking the 18th starting position in his Dodge R/T.

"It laid down in the middle of the run," said the Newark, Ohio resident. "I thought we were better, but I think a new engine will help. We are in good shape. I just hate not being qualified yet."

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Patterson Improves

POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 2, 2001) - Todd Patterson and the Dodge Motorsports Dakota R/T shot into the top half of the Pro Stock Truck field with an impressive 7.522-second lap during the second round of qualifying for the AutoZone Winternationals at Pomona Raceway.

The Augusta, Kan. Resident, who managed a top speed 178.26 mph, improved his position in the heat of the day.

"We moved into seventh during a slower session," Patterson said. "We picked up .018 of a second during the slower session. I'm really pleased with that effort.

"If the weather gets warmer, we should be able to hold onto our top-eight slot," Patterson continued. "Lane choice is so critical in eliminations."

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Eaton Enterprises Misses Field

POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 2, 2001) - The ATSCO/Mopar Parts Dodge Dakota R/T of Dale Eaton missed the top-16 qualifiers after the second day of time trials for the AutoZone Winternationals at Pomona Raceway.

Eaton ran a 7.553-second pass at 178.24 mph, collecting the 19th-qualifying position.

"It was a little violent off the starting line, so it lost some time," Eaton commented. "It quivered in low gear.

"If we would have run that same lap yesterday, I think we would have run a 7.52 and been in the show," Eaton added. "Tomorrow will separate the men from the boys."

Craig Eaton, driver of the Dodge Motorsport Dakota R/T, picked up from Thursday's time, but also missed the closely contested Pro Stock Truck field. The Arizona resident clocked in with a 7.576/178.54 combination.

"We ran a good speed," Eaton said. "Unfortunately, we didn't get there quick enough."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Dean Skuza , Larry Morgan , Todd Patterson