Bristol: Mopar Friday notes

Osborne Moves to 13th BRISTOL, Tenn. (April 27, 2001) - The Mopar Parts Dodge R/T Pro Stock entry of Mark Osborne, coming off a final-round appearance at the rain-delayed Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., last weekend, drove to the ...

Osborne Moves to 13th

BRISTOL, Tenn. (April 27, 2001) - The Mopar Parts Dodge R/T Pro Stock entry of Mark Osborne, coming off a final-round appearance at the rain-delayed Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., last weekend, drove to the 13th-qualifying position after the first day of the inaugural Thunder Valley Nationals at the Bristol Dragway.

Osborne, who lives in nearby Abingdon, Va., pleased his many family and friends on hand this weekend with a 6.987-second elapsed time at 197.71 mph.

"It was a pretty good run," Osborne noted. "We've got a little left in it. We need a little more clutch and I need to drive a little better tomorrow. I'm happy with the effort though."

Osborne's teammate and three-time Winston Pro Stock World Champion Darrell Alderman failed to make the show with a 7.050-second pass at 196.44 mph in round one. The Morehead, Ky. native did not make a second-round attempt.

"We just have some big ignition troubles with Darrell," said crew chief Mark Ingersoll. "We completely changed the ignition wiring and box after the first round. The tachometer went crazyoin the burnout. It barely had enough power to start the car.

"We're going to go back and rewire it," Ingersoll added.

Morgan In the Show

Larry Morgan and the Dodge Motorsports R/T slipped into the field with a 6.987-second elapsed time at 196.64 mph. The Newark, Ohio resident missed the setup.

"We should have run a 6.95," said Morgan. "We hurt the engine in the first session and had to change it. We weren't able to get a read on the setup for the session. I think the engine is a lot better than we thought it would be because it just ran through the clutch.

"We should be much better tomorrow," Morgan added. "We'll have some data to analyze."

Skuza On the Outside

Dean Skuza, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge R/T Nitro Funny Car, is just outside the top 16 after the first day of qualifying. The two-time NHRA national event winner had to shut off early on both runs, clocking a best 5.078-second elapsed time at 292.58 mph.

At the time of this release, the team had yet to discover the problem on the run.

"We were running numbers better than our 4.80," said Skuza, commenting on his 4.805-second elapsed time during qualifying for the NHRA event in Phoenix earlier this year. "We think something happened to the blower because it reacted funny before shutting off. We're probably going to change the blower."

Team Koretsky Pleased

Rickie Smith, a future Mopar Parts-backed driver, grabbed the 15th-qualifying position with a 6.991-second elapsed time at 197.19 mph during second-round activity.

"We left a little on the table on that run," Smith commented. "We could have run a 6.97, but everybody probably thinks that."

Kenny Koretsky missed the show, but the Pennsylvania resident was pleased with his team's progress after running a 6.994-second run at 196.96 mph.

"After the first round, we we're in the show," said Koretsky, who also owns the team. "I'm very happy with the car because I'm equal with Rickie now. It's nice when the car doesn't blow off the tires in fourth gear."

-Mopar

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Series NHRA
Drivers Dean Skuza , Larry Morgan , Kenny Koretsky , Rickie Smith