Englishtown: Mopar Friday qualifying summary

Skuza heads Mopar NHRA camp. ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. -- Mopar Motorsports NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series teams completed the first day of qualifying for this weekend's Matco Tools NHRA SuperNationals at the Old Bridge Township Raceway...

Skuza heads Mopar NHRA camp.

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. -- Mopar Motorsports NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series teams completed the first day of qualifying for this weekend's Matco Tools NHRA SuperNationals at the Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.

NOTABLE: Gene Wilson piloted his Hemi-powered Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T to victory during Wednesday's Pro Stock exhibition at Budds Creek, Md. The 29-year-old rookie outlasted Atlanta winner Allen Johnson in round one, Ron Krisher in round two and Krisher's crew chief Tim Freeman in the final of the eight-car field.

"Budd's Creek was a real boost for me," Wilson commented."We had a great car. The Hemi Neon R/T was flying. I felt like I was on my game on my end. It turned out good for us. It was stiff competition and I feel real good about what we did."

Rain wiped out the second-round of qualifying, setting up two critical sessions tomorrow.

The following are notes and quotes from today's qualifying activity.

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

Dean Skuza and the Mopar Parts Dodge Stratus R/T Nitro Funny Car played it conservative and landed the eighth-qualifying position with a 4.993-second elapsed time at 310.55 mph.

"We were just trying to get in the show," Skuza said." We have gone too often this year where we needed that final-qualifying session to get into the show. Both (John) Stewart and Lance Larson (Crew Chiefs) told me that we have something left. We're in the show and now we can play with it a little."

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

Wilson brought the momentum from his exhibition victory in Maryland to New Jersey in the first-round of qualifying. The Mopar Parts Pro Stock rookie ran a 6.874-second pass at 201.04 mph to take the 11th slot.

"We made a good run on the first hit of the day," Wilson said."We had some overcast conditions and clutch set up is very important. We're just happy to get down in the first session here. We're happy with how we started."

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

Frustrations continued for the blue Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T of Larry Morgan. The Newark, Ohio resident failed to crack the top 16 after posting a 6.932-second lap at 200.53 mph.

"I don't know what's wrong with the thing," Morgan said."We ran a good speed, but I just blew the clutch out of it. I know we have good power, it's just a matter of getting it hooked up to the track."

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

Darrell Alderman, driver of the Hemi-powered Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T, maintained his streak of consistency when he lapped the New Jersey quarter mile in 6.878 seconds at 201.13 mph. The three-time NHRA POWERade Pro Stock World Champion collected the provisional 12th slot.

"We were a little heavy with the clutch," Alderman said."We could, realistically, with a better 60-foot time, run a 6.82-second run. We have a lot of power and this is a great track for us."

-mopar-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Darrell Alderman , Dean Skuza , Ron Krisher , Gene Wilson , Allen Johnson