Gainesville: Mopar Motorsports Friday summary

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 14, 2003) -- Mopar NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series drivers completed the first day of qualifying for the Mac Tools Gatornationals at the historic Gainesville Raceway. Darrell Alderman, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge...

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 14, 2003) -- Mopar NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series drivers completed the first day of qualifying for the Mac Tools Gatornationals at the historic Gainesville Raceway.

Darrell Alderman, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T
Johnson & Johnson Racing
Current Weekend Best Qualifying Time: 6.823 seconds
Current Weekend Best Speed: 201.29 mph
Current Weekend Qualifying Position: 6th

"We went 6.82 in the left and 6.83 in the right. Which shows there is a little bit of difference in the left and the right lane. We slowed down a little in our (60 foot times) in the right and we slowed a little bit in our elapsed time. We'll tune her up and get back over in that left lane tomorrow.

"We really tried some different stuff with the carburetors on that last run. We're going to have to read the plugs and see what we have to do."

Allen Johnson, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T
Johnson & Johnson Racing
Current Weekend Best Qualifying Time: 6.820 seconds
Current Weekend Best Speed: 202.38 mph
Current Weekend Qualifying Position: 4th

"We stepped it up on that last run. The track out there is awesome and we're using a lot of gear out there. We're sneaking up on it one little step at a time.

"I'm not positive there is any difference in the lanes out there. Usually every track you go to the left lane is a little quicker in the 60-foot area. I don't know whether its how they set the clock up or what. I didn't see a thing wrong with the right lane though."

NOTES: Allen Johnson is currently the fourth-fastest Pro Stock car on the weekend

Larry Morgan, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T
Larry Morgan Racing
Current Weekend Best Qualifying Time: 6.917 seconds
Current Weekend Best Speed: 199.73 mph
Current Weekend Qualifying Position: 33rd

Gene Wilson, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Stratus R/T
Larry Morgan Racing
Weekend Best Qualifying Time: 6.881 seconds
Current Weekend Best Speed: 200.80 mph
Current Weekend Qualifying Position: 29th

"Car was really nice on that last run. It went down the track nice and straight. We made a pretty good run considering the conditions, since they are less than favorable right now. We're thinking a 6.88 is a fairly strong run for us right now because the weather has been throwing us a curveball. We have a lot of humidity and its very unpredictable. We're expecting to be rained out at any time. We're trying to tune the car up to what we think is coming. We'll just do the best we can with that.

"We need to take a little clutch out of it because it's a little tight down low. We need to change our gear ratios as well, and put a little more top gear into it. We need to leave at 100 rpm's higher -- and that should put us close to where we need to be."

-Mopar.com-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Darrell Alderman , Larry Morgan , Gene Wilson , Allen Johnson