Atlanta: Mopar Motorsports eliminations summary

Alderman drives to semifinals. COMMERCE, Ga. -- Mopar Parts NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series teams completed eliminations for this weekend's Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at the Atlanta Dragway. The following are notes and quotes ...

Alderman drives to semifinals.

COMMERCE, Ga. -- Mopar Parts NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series teams completed eliminations for this weekend's Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at the Atlanta Dragway.

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

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

Darrell Alderman and the Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T drove to the semifinals before losing to Allen Johnson. Alderman, a 28-time NHRA Pro Stock national event winner, ran a slower 6.913-second lap at 200.78 mph.

"We shook a little on that run," said Alderman, who debuted his new Jerry Bickel-built Neon R/T this weekend."The team has done a tremendous job this weekend. We made up quite a bit in points and we ran well."

Alderman outran Ron Krisher in the first round and Warren Johnson in the second round. The Morehead, Ky., resident won his third race of the season on a holeshot (4.49-.469) over Johnson. Alderman's 6.888-second lap held off Johnson's 6.878.

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

Dean Skuza ended his day with a bang. The Mopar Parts Dodge Stratus R/T driver exploded a blower as Frank Pedregon cruised to victory with a 4.916-second lap at 310.41 mph.

"We were a little too aggressive on that run," Skuza said."I didn't think we were going in, but it was a little too much after we looked at the computer. After it started to spin, I pedaled it, and fuel dumped in, it made a hydraulic motion, and I knew I shouldn't have pedaled the last time, but he was right there. I just had to give it one more, and that was the one that did it. Bam. It exploded and that was all she wrote. It was pretty disappointing because we feel we're going in the right direction. It's just hard to get a groove going this year. That's like a lot of the other teams. I think the whole key for us is not to get frustrated with it and remain focused. We can't let it work on our mindset, but the way that the start of this year has gone, most teams would have disbanded by now. This is rough stuff right now, but its character building times. We've got our nose to the grindstone and we're not going to let it neat us."

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

Gene Wilson guided his Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T to his first NHRA round victory of his career. Wilson, who lost on a holeshot to Jim Yates in the second round, beat out V. Gaines with a 6.884-second elapsed time at 200.50 mph.

"That was a good run," Wilson said."(Crew chief) Tommy (Utt) gave me a good car to race with on Sunday. It's just the way it goes. He got me a little bit on the tree (.443-.468) and I couldn't make up the deficit on the other end. I want to thank Mopar Parts and the team is doing an excellent job."

Yates posted a slower 6.901-second lap at 199.82 mph, but it was enough to hold off Wilson's 6.884-second elapsed time at 200.50 mph.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Frank Pedregon , Darrell Alderman , Dean Skuza , Ron Krisher , Gene Wilson , Allen Johnson