Brainerd: Mopar finals summary

BRAINERD, Minn. -- Mopar Motorsports NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series teams completed eliminations for this weekend's Rugged Liner NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. The following are notes and quotes from today's ...

BRAINERD, Minn. -- Mopar Motorsports NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series teams completed eliminations for this weekend's Rugged Liner NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

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

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

The red light flickered and spelled the end for Dean Skuza and the Mopar Parts Dodge Stratus R/T Nitro Funny Car. Skuza matched up with John Force for the fourth-straight race in the second round.

Skuza advanced to the second with an impressive victory over Johnny Gray in round one. The two-time NHRA national event winner clocked the third-quickest elapsed time of the round at 4.924 seconds and 310.91 mph. Gray went a slower 5.206-second pass at 225.94 mph.

"I guess we picked a good time to red light," Skuza said."We broke a motor mount on the hit and smoked the tires. It just seemed like it took forever to get the green; and when it finally changed, I was over anxious. I knew it was over."

Skuza has a round one rematch with Force in the upcoming Budweiser Shootout at Indianapolis Raceway Park over Labor Day weekend.

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

Gene Wilson maneuvered his Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T to the second round of eliminations. Wilson fell to Kurt Johnson after running a 6.951-second elapsed time at 198.85 mph; as Johnson ran a 6.921/199.35, combination.

Wilson moved into the second when Mark Whisnant red lit. The 29-year-old Wilson cut a .429 light that round and clicked off a 6.900-second lap at 199.88 mph.

"Not a bad weekend for us," Wilson said."The car ran pretty well this weekend. We're happy with the way we qualified. It was unfortunate that the lanes were so unequal out there. The left had lane was terrible. If you didn't have lane choice, you were going to be put over there. We didn't have lane choice heading into the second round and we still made a decent pass over there. I'm really looking forward to Indy. It's going to be awesome."

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

Darrell Alderman made a move at the starting line (.432-.447) in the first round, but Tom Martino's 6.911-second elapsed time at 199.26 mph was too much. Alderman and his Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T ran a slower 6.966-second lap at 198.35 mph.

"We didn't make the run that we really wanted to," Alderman said."We skated a little bit out there in the right lane. And that happens when you first go out there. We were the first pair and all the clutch dust and dirt is still on the track from the fuel cars. We'll see what we can do at Indy."

-Mopar.com-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Darrell Alderman , Kurt Johnson , Dean Skuza , John Force , Gene Wilson , Tom Martino , Johnny Gray , Mark Whisnant