Brainerd: Mopar racing preview

(BRAINERD, Minn.) - With one new car in place, and another on the way, the Team Mopar duo of Darrell Alderman and Scott Geoffrion are making waves in the highly competitive world of NHRA Pro Stock competition. They will be competing in this ...

(BRAINERD, Minn.) - With one new car in place, and another on the way, the Team Mopar duo of Darrell Alderman and Scott Geoffrion are making waves in the highly competitive world of NHRA Pro Stock competition. They will be competing in this weekend's Colonel's Truck Accessories Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

Alderman, a three-time NHRA Winston Pro Stock World Champion, has made two semifinal appearances in the last three events, highlighted by his final-round showing in the Mopar Parts Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo., in mid-July.

Since wielding a newer model car at Bandimere Speedway, Alderman has won eight rounds of competition and qualified in the top nine at each event.

"We really struggled at the beginning of the year," Alderman said. "With the new Hemi engine only making its debut at Pomona (Calif., in February), this team needed some time to find the engine's horsepower.

"I'm also happy with the new car," Alderman continued. "It takes advantage of some recent chassis upgrades. A good example of this team's progress is that each one of our qualifying passes at Sonoma (Calif.) was good enough to get us in the field. In many of the races earlier in the year, we weren't around on Sunday."

Starting this weekend, Geoffrion will also be competing with a new car. The Dodge Avenger, purchased from former Dodge Motorsports driver John Nobile, along with the Hemi engine gives Geoffrion a sense of confidence.

"I'm encouraged with how Darrell is running with his new car," said Geoffrion, who has nine NHRA national event victories to his credit. "Ever since Denver, the Hemi engine has proven its worth. It wasn't always that way earlier in the year, but when you start with a clean sheet of paper, so to speak, it takes a lot of time and hard work to make it happen. I think we're there now."

Team Owner David Nickens, an NHRA world champion (Super Comp) in his own right, agrees with his drivers.

"It's tough to pinpoint a time in the last few seasons where we felt this positive about the program," Nickens said. "Although we're a long way from complete, we have finally put some major pieces in place."

Dodge Motorsports Avenger driver Larry Morgan, who has also done extensive work on the new Hemi engine, is also working through the bugs.

"Our last three races have been good, but the Seattle clutch problem was a set back," Morgan said. "Our elapsed time and speed numbers are right on target. We do need to gain consistency though."

TNN will broadcast the Colonel's Truck Accessories NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Eastern.

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Series NHRA
Drivers John Nobile , Darrell Alderman , Larry Morgan