Houston: Mopar elimination notes

BAYTOWN, Texas (March 25, 2001) - The Mopar Parts Dodge R/T Nitro Funny Car of Dean Skuza lost to number one qualifier Del Worsham in the second round of eliminations during Sunday's NHRA national event at Houston Raceway Park. Skuza advanced to...

BAYTOWN, Texas (March 25, 2001) - The Mopar Parts Dodge R/T Nitro Funny Car of Dean Skuza lost to number one qualifier Del Worsham in the second round of eliminations during Sunday's NHRA national event at Houston Raceway Park.

Skuza advanced to the second round with a 5.064-second pass at 253.99 mph, surpassing Tony Pedregon's 5.172/239.06 combination. Worsham's 4.854-second pass at 311.13 outdueled Skuza's 4.941-second run at 306.19 mph.

"This track is so touchy and hard to drive on," said Skuza, who grabbed he ninth-qualifying position. "I'm pretty happy with how we run this weekend. This is only of fourth race with (Co-crew chief) John Stewart and we're already showing some consistency. Stew is bringing the discipline that this team needs."

Alderman Loses in Round Two

Three-time Winston Pro Stock World Champion Darrell Alderman, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge R/T Pro Stock machine, fell in the second round of competition to Mark Pawuk during Sunday's NHRA national event at Houston Raceway Park.

Alderman clicked off his Dodge R/T early in the run, allowing Pawuk to flash to victory. The Morehead, Kent. resident moved to the second round with a 6.841-second lap at 201.10 mph, beating Robert Patrick. The run was also a career best for Alderman.

"I think we burnt a piston on that last run," Alderman said. "The car started - died - then started again. Once that happened, I just shut it off. It's a little disappointing because we had such a good car.

"We had a real good weekend overall," continued the 27-time national event winner. "We found some consistency and ran some real good times. We are on the right track and are making a great deal of horsepower with this Hemi engine."

Patterson Falls in Round One

Dodge Motorsports Dakota R/T Pro Stock Truck driver Todd Patterson suffered from right lane blues in the first round of eliminations during Sunday's NHRA national event at Houston Raceway Park.

Jeff Naiser clocked a 7.445-second elapsed time at 179.49 mph, beating Patterson's 7.533/177.39 combination. The Augusta, Kan. resident took a .441-.474 starting line advantage.

"That left lane just bit us," said Patterson. "I had as nice light and got out on him, but Jeff was able to drive by on the top end. We really moved around in the right lane and I thought our clutch was a little off. We're looking good for Las Vegas though."

Round One Frustrations

Craig Eaton and the Mopar Parts Dodge Dakota R/T lost to Mike Corvo in a round one eliminator during Sunday's NHRA national event at Houston Raceway Park.

Corvo drove to a 7.463-second elapsed time at 178.61 mph, outlasting Eaton's 7.555-second pass at 178.57 mph.

"We really missed on the clutch set up," said the Phoenix, Ariz. resident. "The truck was pretty slow at the 60-foot mark and dropped in times throughout. The air was good, but I think the right lane wasn't as good as it could have been.

"We had a nice weekend and I'm looking forward to Vegas," Eaton continued. "We'll do some testing and dyno work. We'll be ready."

-Mopar

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Series NHRA
Drivers Robert Patrick , Darrell Alderman , Mark Pawuk , Tony Pedregon , Dean Skuza , Del Worsham , Todd Patterson