Brainerd Mopar Sunday elimination notes

BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 20, 2000) - For the second-straight NHRA national event, Team Mopar drivers Darrell Alderman and Dean Skuza made semifinal round appearances during Sunday's Colonel's Truck Accessories Nationals at Brainerd International ...

BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 20, 2000) - For the second-straight NHRA national event, Team Mopar drivers Darrell Alderman and Dean Skuza made semifinal round appearances during Sunday's Colonel's Truck Accessories Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

Alderman, driver of the Team Mopar Dodge Avenger, lost in a tight semifinal to current points leader Jeg Coughlin. Coughlin took an advantage off the starting line (.413-.450) and drove to a 6.980-second elapsed time at 195.82 mph. Alderman was right behind with a 6.986/195.62 run.

"Jeg is a great driver," said the three-time NHRA Winston Pro Stock World Champion. "We were really consistent today, with our best runs of the weekend in eliminations. We have found the combination. We just need to take it to the next level."

Alderman made it to the final after toppling number-one qualifier Bruce Allen with a 6.980/195.59 effort to Allen's 6.989/195.17. In the quarterfinals, Alderman defeated V. Gaines with 6.978/195.53 outing. Gaines shut off at half-track.

Matco Tools/Mopar Parts Nitro Funny Car driver Dean Skuza was also impressive at BIR. Skuza made it to the semifinal before slipping in the groove and falling to Jim Epler. Skuza defeated a red-lighting Tony Pedregon in round one and Al Hofman in round two.

"That was frustrating," Skuza said. "We just can't get past that round. I know we're consistent and I know we're fast, but we need to put the two together. We really didn't make solid runs throughout the day. We're on the right track."

Larry Morgan's Dodge Motorsports entry, after earning the third qualifying position in yesterday's final session, fell to Mark Osborne in a round one eliminator. Morgan drove to a 7.050/195.00 and Osborne clicked off a 7.019/195.42.

"We broke another vacuum pump," Morgan said. "That's not the first time that has happened this year. We seem to have so many little things go wrong. I'm happy with the performance of the Hemi, but I'm sure frustrated with that run.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Darrell Alderman , Jim Epler , Dean Skuza , Larry Morgan