CLERMONT, Ind. (Sept. 3, 2000) - The Team Mopar NHRA Pro Stock Dodge Avenger of Darrell Alderman jumped into the ninth position after Sunday's final day of qualifying for the 46th annual U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park. The...
CLERMONT, Ind. (Sept. 3, 2000) - The Team Mopar NHRA Pro Stock Dodge Avenger of Darrell Alderman jumped into the ninth position after Sunday's final day of qualifying for the 46th annual U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park.
The three-time NHRA Winston Pro Stock World Champion clicked off a 7.008-second elapsed time at 195.73 mph. Alderman was also the third quickest car during the fourth session. Alderman will face the Team Amoco Dodge Avenger of Allen Johnson in round one of tomorrow's eliminations.
"It was a good run," said Alderman, on his morning pass. "It was our best 60-foot (time) of the weekend. We made some changes on the clutch."
The Dodge Motorsports Dakota R/T of Todd Patterson also completed an impressive qualifying run. Patterson ripped off a 7.661/175.18 combination. The Pro Stock Truck veteran moved into the 14th-qualifying position and takes on Randy Daniels in the first round.
"We figured it out," Patterson said. "The truck was pulling through the gears and made a move at the top end. We went the wrong way during the fourth session, but made up for it in that last one. It really helped to run later in qualifying."
It was a bitter end to Dean Skuza's U.S. Nationals. The Matco Tools/Mopar Parts Nitro Funny Car driver failed to qualify for the first time this season. Skuza, who was bumped out in the final session, smoked the tires in his final pass.
"That really hurt," said Skuza, who qualified second last year. "We struggled all weekend with the setup. I don't know what to say. We'll just have to get them next weekend."
Skuza's best run came when he defeated Whit Bazemore in round one of the Budweiser Shootout, which doubled as the fourth round of qualifying. The Ohio resident ran a 5.105/302.69. Skuza lost to Jim Epler in the second round.
Scott Geoffrion, driver of the Team Mopar Dodge Avenger, improved on his qualifying efforts, but still fell short of the mark with a 7.055/194.46 run.
"We replaced the engine for that last run," Geoffrion said. "I think we found the problem we were having over the weekend. We just need to capitalize on it for the next race."
Larry Morgan and the Dodge Motorsports Avenger also had a tough weekend. Morgan, who was trying to sort out a new chassis, missed the show with a 7.092/193.93 run.
Craig Eaton's Dodge Motorsports Dakota R/T failed to qualify following a 7.685/173.94 weekend best. The Team Mopar Dodge Dakota R/T of Dale Eaton also missed the show when he ran a 7.758/172.14.
Dodge Motorsports and Team Mopar received many honors during Saturday night's 33rd annual Car Craft All-Star Drag Racing Team celebration.
Kendall Motor Oil/Mopar Performance Parts ace Frank Manzo was named to the All-Star team in the Alcohol Funny Car category while Mopar Performance Parts Competition Eliminator driver David Rampy was also named. Laurie Cannister, driver of the Nicorette/NicoDerm/Mopar Performance Parts IHRA Pro Outlaw entry, was nominated in the Alcohol Dragster category. Allan Patterson was nominated in Sportsman Engine Builder category, while Dodge was nominated in the manufacturer slot.
"It's a real honor to be mentioned with everyone," Patterson said. "We work really hard at making this thing happen on a daily basis."