Seattle: Mopar round 3 notes

KENT, Wash. (July 29, 2000) - The following is a summary of quotes from Dodge Motorsports and Team Mopar drivers after the fourth round of qualifying for the Prolong Superlubricants Northwest Nationals at Seattle International Raceway. (Numbers...

KENT, Wash. (July 29, 2000) - The following is a summary of quotes from Dodge Motorsports and Team Mopar drivers after the fourth round of qualifying for the Prolong Superlubricants Northwest Nationals at Seattle International Raceway.

(Numbers denote elapsed time, speed, qualifying position and qualifying lane)

(LARRY MORGAN, driver of the Dodge Motorsports Pro Stock Avenger)

(6.973 - 198.64 - 19th - Right)

"We had a bad weekend. We just had a bad clutch program this weekend. I think it might have been a bad coating. Once we do some testing, we'll figure out what this car needs. I'm really pleased with the horsepower we're producing, so it's just a matter of putting it on the track."

(SCOTT GEOFFRION, driver of the Team Mopar Pro Stock Dodge Avenger)

(6.956 - 197.42 - 15th - Right)

"It feels great just to have both cars in. We moved up a spot from last race, which means we're making headway. I just can't wait to get the new car (Nickens Brothers Racing purchased John Nobile's Dodge Motorsports Avenger). We're going to do the best with what we have for tomorrow.

"The track was real greasy during that last session. It seemed like it was pretty bald on the starting line. The guys are doing a great job and we're running well, so I'm pretty happy. Hopefully it's hot tomorrow."

(DARRELL ALDERMAN, driver of the Team Mopar Pro Stock Dodge Avenger)

(6.935 - 198.52 - ninth - Left)

"We had a fairly good run that last session, despite moving around in the lane quite a bit. It was really loose in second. We're satisfied with it. We have a good race day setup. I hope it gets hot and slick."

(DEAN SKUZA, driver of the Matco Tools/Mopar Parts Dodge Avenger Nitro Funny Car)

(5.050 - 293.09 - Eighth - Right)

"It would have improved even more in that last run if we had taken advantage of when the clouds were out. We were just a little loose at the top end, but we ran really well down low. You have to take advantage of the good part of the track. For the first 200-to-300-feet, you have to really run well and coast it over the bad. When looking at the first round, we're going to leave it a lot like we had it in that last run. I think it will run a mid-4.90. I think what you're going to see heading into the late round tomorrow are guys that can run 5.01 to 5.05 winning rounds. Those numbers will be pretty good if conditions are a lot like today.

"I think we accomplished what we needed to, especially picking up in the first 60-feet. We also wanted lane choice - and we took that as well. I think that's really crucial here. Lane choice is so important. That right lane is funky. I have seen some nice runs in the right lane. But, I don't care how good the right lane looks, you're not going to see us in there. For some reason, we haven't been able to successfully make a pass in that lane. I'm not just talking this year, for the past five years we have been awful in that lane. The key is for us to maintain lane choice as long as we can. We're looking at going really late in the day tomorrow."

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