MOHNTON, Pa. -- Mopar Motorsports NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series teams completed the final 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 final 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
A rain delay pushing the final qualifying session into night allowed Dean Skuza to pick up the pace and grab the 11th slot. Skuza's Mopar Parts Dodge Stratus R/T Nitro Funny Car ran a 4.900-second elapsed time at 305.63 mph.
"We finally got down the track," Skuza said."We had a bug in the car and have been chasing it ever since Indy. We think we've found the problem and know that we can go some round tomorrow. I would love to jump up another point slot.
Skuza will face off against Tony Pedregon in round one.
GENE WILSON, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T
The warmer weather and track conditions spelled trouble for the Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T of Gene Wilson. The NHRA rookie barely missed the show with a 6.858-second elapsed time at 201.13 mph.
"My car was all over the place," Wilson said."We made a decent second pass, but kind of struggled a little bit today. We are making good power and all the guys have worked real hard. It just didn't happen today."
LARRY MORGAN, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T
Larry Morgan struggled to get the handle on his blue Mopar Parts dodge Neon R/T this weekend. Morgan failed to qualify with a 6.880-second elapsed time at 200.41 mph; set during the cooler second session on Friday night.
"We have some bad carburetors," Morgan said." It's not getting the fuel into the right area, and its hurting us down track. We'll figure it out and be ready for Memphis."
DARRELL ALDERMAN, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T
Darrell Alderman and the Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T failed to qualify for this weekend's Maple Grove Raceway tilt. The three-time POWERade Pro Stock World Champion was frustrated with his run; which was a 6.868-second lap at 200.11 mph.
"We made a straight run," Alderman said."We just didn't make a good run. The car left okay, but we spun the tires through three and four. The track is in good condition, but the heat is making it harder to grip the track."