Sonoma: Mopar Motorsports Friday summary

SONOMA, Calif. -- Mopar Motorsports NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series teams completed the first day of qualifying for this weekend's Fram Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway. DEAN SKUZA, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Stratus R/T Dean...

SONOMA, Calif. -- Mopar Motorsports NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series teams completed the first day of qualifying for this weekend's Fram Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway.

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

Dean Skuza and the Mopar Partds Dodge Stratus R/T posted a solid first day of qualifying. The 35-year-old Skuza nabbed the provisional 13th slot with a 5.126-second elapsed time at 282.78 mph.

"We dropped a hole up near the top on that first run," said team owner Don Skuza."And we just underpowered it on the second run. It's cold out and the track was cold. We didn't want to just go up there and blow the tires off, but we just went out there and shook the tires. It was a hard one to figure because you don't want to overpower it too much."

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

A new surface at Infineon meant quick times were in order for the Pro Stock category. It was no different for Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T rookie Gene Wilson as he posted a 6.840-second elapsed time at 201.16 mph and captured the provisional 9th starting slot.

"This is the first time I've ever been to this track and it just feels good to make a nice run on the first day," Wilson said."The field is going to be really fast. We had really good air tonight and made a good run.

"The left lane was a little bit off out there," Wilson added."Unfortunately, I had that lane for the night run. I believe I could have been a hundredth or two faster if I would have been in the right lane. Nonetheless, still a good hit."

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

Larry Morgan continued his mid-season turn around with a 6.844-second pass at 200.50 mph; placing the blue Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T into the 12th position. The eight-time NHRA Pro Stock national event winner talked about his day.

"The run was fairly good," Morgan commented."We think we could have run a hundredth or so better, but we just didn't have enough fuel for the car. Looking at the graph, there's not much left. But just from the feel of the car, I know that there's more left in it. It just nosed over. I think we're good. The air shouldn't be this good tomorrow. I'm almost sure it won't be."

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

Darrell Alderman went from a Jerry Bickel-built race car, back to his old Rick Jones-built Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T for this weekend. And Alderman went from outside the top 16 after round one to collecting the 14th slot. The three-time POWERade Pro Stock World Champion managed a 6.847-second elapsed time at 200.83 mph.

"We had a awesome 60-foot time," said of Alderman's .996, 60-foot launch."We hurt it at about the 330-foot mark, so we feel like it has hundredth and a half to two hundredths left in it for tomorrow. That is if we have the same conditions. In the morning it should be pretty good so that we can improve.

"This is a totally different car and I'm trying to get used to it," Alderman continued."We need to make a couple more runs and we'll have it dialed in."

GREG STANFIELD, driver of the DBP Motorsports Dodge Neon R/T

Greg Stanfield is still learning the Pro Stock game. The category rookie and former Pro Stock Truck shoe logged a 6.877-second lap at 200.86 mph and sits just outside the qualified field.

"We didn't have any clutch," Stanfield said."We just didn't have enough clutch for the track and I still think the suspension off a little.

"The track is real nice," Stanfield added."The track is not the problem. We still have to get a grip on the car because, right now, it has a grip on us. We feel that we could go 6.80 seconds if I had it right. It was that ugly of a run."

-Mopar.com-

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