Drivers get first look at Neon Impression

GALESBURG, Ill. (June 1, 2001) -- Mopar Parts factory drivers Darrell Alderman and Mark Osborne got their first glimpse of the new Pro Stock Neons at Rick Jones' Chassis shop on Thursday. The Hemi-powered machines are close to debuting. "From...

GALESBURG, Ill. (June 1, 2001) -- Mopar Parts factory drivers Darrell Alderman and Mark Osborne got their first glimpse of the new Pro Stock Neons at Rick Jones' Chassis shop on Thursday.

The Hemi-powered machines are close to debuting.

"From the looks of it, they are going to be extremely fast race cars," said Alderman, a three-time Winston Pro Stock World Champion. "With the aerodynamic numbers they've had from the wind tunnel, they should be real good. The car's are also using a four-link suspension, which will also make them extremely fast."

Osborne, who currently sits seventh in the Winston Pro Stock title chase, was also complementary about his new machine.

"I was very impressed with all of the body lines," Osborne commented. "The fenders, tail lights and windows are really tucked in tight. We should run some real good speed and elapsed times with that car.

"There's not much comparison with our current Dodge R/T's," Osborne continued. "Across the rear of the Pro Stock Neon, I can put my chest on the back bumper and spread my arms the whole length. With the R/T, that's doesn't happen."

David Nickens, car owner for Alderman and Osborne, should be taking delivery of the first Pro Stock Neon immediately following the Sears Craftsman Nationals at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill., on June 21-24.

-Mopar

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