Reading: Mopar Friday report

READING, Pa. (Sept. 15, 2000) - Darrell Alderman tops the charts. The three-time NHRA Winston Pro Stock World Champion grabbed a bit of the spotlight Friday evening when he laid down a 6.874-second elapsed time at 198.55 mph en route to the No....

READING, Pa. (Sept. 15, 2000) - Darrell Alderman tops the charts.

The three-time NHRA Winston Pro Stock World Champion grabbed a bit of the spotlight Friday evening when he laid down a 6.874-second elapsed time at 198.55 mph en route to the No. 1 qualifying position for the Keystone NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

Alderman, who pilots the Team Mopar Dodge R/T, collected his first top qualifier for Dodge since teammate Scott Geoffrion during the 1995 Autozone Nationals at Memphis (Tenn.) Motorsports Park.

"The car was in the air through second gear and it really left hard," Alderman noted. "I knew it was running well because the shift lights were coming up pretty quick.

"This new Hemi engine really surprises me," Alderman added. "We are fast right now. (Car owner) David Nickens has worked really hard on continually adding horsepower to the Hemi."

Dean Skuza drove the Matco Tools/Mopar Parts Dodge R/T Nitro Funny Car to the third qualifying position with a 4.973/293.86 combination. Skuza missed the first session due to a faulty throttle, but returned to form in the second run.

"We had a nice run and I clicked it off a little early," Skuza said. "The nice thing about that run is that we can concentrate on number one and not have to worry about qualifying for the show."

The Team Mopar Dodge R/T of Geoffrion missed the cut when he managed a 6.976/197.86. Despite missing the field, Geoffrion is pleased with his team's direction.

"This whole team is pumped up," Geoffrion said. "We finally have the same setup as Darrell and he was number one."

Larry Morgan, driver of the Dodge Motorsports R/T, also failed to qualify with a 6.983/196.33.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Darrell Alderman , Dean Skuza , Larry Morgan , Scott Geoffrion