ENNIS, Texas (Nov. 4, 2000) - With torrential downpours canceling Friday qualifying, the already rain-delayed O'Reilly Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec at the Texas Motorplex took to track for Saturday eliminations according to current...
ENNIS, Texas (Nov. 4, 2000) - With torrential downpours canceling Friday qualifying, the already rain-delayed O'Reilly Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec at the Texas Motorplex took to track for Saturday eliminations according to current NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series points standings.
Darrell Alderman, driver of the Hemi-powered Team Mopar Dodge R/T Pro Stock entry, lined up in the ninth-qualifying position and fell in the second round to newly crowned NHRA Winston Pro Stock World Champion Jeg Coughlin, Jr. Alderman, who defeated Jim Yates in round one when Yates spun the car around after loosing control, matched Coughlin's reaction time at .437-seconds, but went a slower time. Coughlin clicked off a 6.971-second elapsed time at 196.76 mph while Alderman managed a 7.050/195.76.
"We were just a little fat with the carburetor," said the three-time NHRA Winston World Champion. "We lost a lot of horsepower when we did that. Unfortunately in that first run, we were unable to get any information because I had to shut it off early when Yates spun. That really hurt us on that setup."
Dodge Motorsports R/T pilot Larry Morgan, despite holding a .445 to .472-second reaction-time advantage, lost to Kurt Johnson in the first round. Johnson clocked a 6.923/198.44 effort, while Morgan ran a 7.056/194.80.
"He had the much better lane," Morgan said. "The car was really loose at half track and it allowed him to just drive on by."
Todd Patterson and his Dodge Dakota R/T Pro Stock Truck entry fell to John Coughlin in round number one. Coughlin ran a 7.617/17603 to Patterson's 7.667/174.89 combination.
"Since we were 14th in points, he had lane choice." Patterson said. "The left lane was a little better and a little tackier. I think that hurt us at the top end because I really moving around out there."
Dean Skuza, driver of the Matco Tools.com/Mopar Parts Dodge R/T Nitro Funny Car, smoked the tires and fell in round one to Scotty Cannon. Cannon clocked a 5.11/204.98.
"We dropped a cylinder right out of the box," Skuza said. "It's tough to dial in a track you haven't run on all weekend. We have been working with new combinations and hoping to get everything ready to go for the finale in Pomona (Calif.)."