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MOHNTON, Pa. -- Mopar Motorsports NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series teams completed the first day of qualifying for this weekend's Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway. The following are notes and quotes from today's ...

MOHNTON, Pa. -- Mopar Motorsports NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series teams completed the first day of qualifying for this weekend's Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

The following are notes and quotes from today's qualifying activity.

DEAN SKUZA, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Stratus R/T

Dean Skuza is involved in two battles this weekend. The Mopar Parts Dodge Stratus R/T driver is suffering through an influenza bug while trying to qualify for the same event he won back in 1998.

Skuza ran a solid 4.947-second elapsed time at 260.56 mph in tonight's second session; clicking it off early before tapping the wall.

"I was really sick on Thursday," Skuza said."I had planned to come here on Thursday evening, but my dad (Don) and I got on this morning. I told this guys to go easy on me because I'm really sick.

"I had to lift at the top end," Skuza added."We needed to make a good run, and we did."

GENE WILSON, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T

Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T pilot Gene Wilson lapped the historic Maple Grove quarter mile in 6.858 seconds at 201.13 mph. Wilson sits 18th and on the outside looking in.

"We were definitely hoping for a better run on that last one," Wilson said."The car jumped out of the groove, shook and made it hard to drive. We have the equipment to run well, we just need to put it together."

LARRY MORGAN, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T

Larry Morgan and the blue Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T barely missed the qualifying field. The Newark, Ohio, resident ran a 6.880-second elapsed time at 200.41 mph. Morgan spoke of his first day.

"We made a bad run," Morgan said."I got out of the groove and it shook the tires. We experimented with a new Goodyear tire in the first session; and it didn't work the way we wanted. It put us behind the eight ball."

DARRELL ALDERMAN, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T

Three-time POWERade Pro Stock World Champion Darrell Alderman struggled in the first day of qualifying. Alderman, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T, logged a 6.868-second elapsed time at 199.67 mph.

"(Crew Chief) Rickie (Smith) changed a whole bunch of thing on the car," Alderman said."I really shook the tires off the line; and it moved over to the wall. We'll get them tomorrow morning because I believe conditions could be similar."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Darrell Alderman , Dean Skuza , Larry Morgan , Gene Wilson