MORRISON, Colo. -- Mopar Motorsports NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series teams completed the first day of qualifying for this weekend's Lucas Oil Products NHRA Nationals at Pacific Raceways. DEAN SKUZA, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Stratus ...
MORRISON, Colo. -- Mopar Motorsports NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series teams completed the first day of qualifying for this weekend's Lucas Oil Products NHRA Nationals at Pacific Raceways.
DEAN SKUZA, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Stratus R/T
Tricky track conditions played havoc with Dean Skuza and the Mopar Parts Dodge Stratus R/T Nitro Funny Car. The Brecksville, Ohio, resident took the provisional 15th slot with a 7.582-second elapsed time, despite not making a full pass yet this weekend.
"We just had a little bit too much clutch on it on that first run," said Lance Larsen, co-crew chief for Skuza Motorsports."Apparently we broke the blower drive on that second run. It was on a very, very good run; and then it just stopped. We had a brand new supercharger and blower drive on it. It's just disgusting."
GENE WILSON, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T
Gene Wilson, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T, missed the top 16 with a 6.916-second elapsed time at 200.35 mph. Wilson talked about his disappointing start to the weekend.
"I was a little unlucky to run during the rain out there," said Wilson, who was the first car to qualify in a rain-plagued second session."My car made a good hit on the second pass. I pulled it out of low gear way to early on that run. I think we have a good tune up for tomorrow. We didn't have any trouble with the track. There was just a little driver error in that second run. We knocked a hole in the oil pan in the staging lanes and was unable to make our first pass."
LARRY MORGAN, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T
Larry Morgan is giddy with anticipation. And for good reason, as the veteran Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T Pro Stock driver collected the provisional 12th slot. Morgan clicked off a 6.866-second elapsed time at 200.83 mph.
"The car is working well out here this weekend." Morgan said."We found some things in the motor that were obviously hurting us. We feel that we have brought the car around now. I'm just real happy with what we run today. I don't know what will happen tomorrow, but just to be in at this point, we couldn't do any better.
"I think I'm running real fast for our runs," Morgan continued."Down track it jumps all over the place though. I think we may have found some of our problems. We're within a hundredth of being real, real fast. I guess you can't do any more than that when you're dealing with the crazy maniacs were racing with."
DARRELL ALDERMAN, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T
Darrell Alderman and the Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T grabbed the provisional 14th slot with a 6.871-second lap at 201.04 mph. The three-time POWERade Pro Stock World Champion improved over a slow first round elapsed time.
"We're finally making some headway here," said Alderman, who set a national speed record here last season."The track was pretty wet out there. We feel like that we can run a couple of hundredths quicker. And hopefully we can pick up more in the morning.
"The track really felt pretty good on the first run," Alderman added."When it was raining, it didn't feel very good. We're hoping for no rain tomorrow morning and see what we can come up with."
GREG STANFIELD, driver of the DBP Motorsports Dodge Neon R/T
The Hemi-powered DBP Motorsports Dodge Neon R/T sits in the 19th slot after the first day of qualifying. Driver Greg Stanfield, who surprised everyone last weekend with a strong semifinal performance at the Mopar Parts Mile-High Nationals, ran a 6.885-second elapsed time at 198.99 mph during the first session today.
"That was about the ugliest run that I've ever made," said Stanfield on his 6.90-second lap in the second session."The graph shows that we made a pretty bad run. We just have to regroup and see if we can't get the clutch and gear ratio right. What we need right now is more sea-level experience. The cars that ran right after the rain struggled a little bit, but got much better as the session progressed."