Columbus: Mopar Motosports final qualifying summary

HEBRON, Ohio -- Mopar Motorsports NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series teams completed the final day of qualifying for this weekend's national event at National Trail Raceway, just outside Columbus. DEAN SKUZA, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge...

HEBRON, Ohio -- Mopar Motorsports NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series teams completed the final day of qualifying for this weekend's national event at National Trail Raceway, just outside Columbus.

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

Dean Skuza and the Mopar Parts Dodge Stratus R/T failed to improve upon his 4.937-second lap at 308.28 mph from yesterday's second session. The Brecksville, Ohio resident grabbed the 12th-qualified slot and will face off against Gary Densham in round one.

"We we're on a mid 4.80-second pass," Skuza said."Then the blower stud broke and blew the belt off of it. We have a real handle on this car, and we think we have a great shot tomorrow."

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

Gene Wilson headed into the last session in the 15th slot. While other competitors improved, bumping his Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T out of the show, Wilson's mechanical woes in round four ended his weekend early. Wilson's best elapsed time if the weekend was a 6.906 with a top speed of 199.91 mph.

"We had a mechanical failure," Wilson said."It was time for it to happen. It's going to get you every once in a while. It just happened to be in the fourth round here in Columbus. I need to run to get in the show again-- and the car left real strong. We were definitely going into the show in a good position. Something failed and that was that."

LARRY MORGAN, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T

Larry Morgan was a fortunate driver this afternoon. Morgan, from nearby Newark, grabbed the 16th and final-qualifying slot for tomorrow's race. Morgan clocked a 6.904-second elapsed time at 198.26 mph to set up a round one match up with No. 1 qualifier Jim Yates.

"We're real lucky," Morgan said."We didn't make a real good run on that last one out there. I've got (crew chief) Terry Adams' daddy in round one. We're going to have to work with him tomorrow.

Adams had been Yates crew chief.

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

The Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T of Darrell Alderman completed his best weekend of qualifying. The three-time POWERade Pro Stock World Champion captured the seventh-qualified position with a 6.891-second lap at 199.79 mph.

It marks the first time this season that Alderman has quailed in the top half of the Pro Stock field. The Morehead, Ky., resident will take on George Marnell in round one.

"We made a bar change for the last session," Alderman said."We moved the clutch around to see how the car would react. It was a little bit violent on the drop and it chopped the tires. We got in there."

Alderman has two holeshot victories on Marnell this season.

-Mopar.com-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Darrell Alderman , Dean Skuza , Larry Morgan , Gary Densham , Gene Wilson , George Marnell , Terry Adams