Indianapolis: Mopar Saturday summary

Indianapolis, Ind. -- Mopar Motorsports NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series teams completed the second day of qualifying for this weekend's 48th annual U.S. Nationals NHRA Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park. The following are notes and quotes...

Indianapolis, Ind. -- Mopar Motorsports NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series teams completed the second day of qualifying for this weekend's 48th annual U.S. Nationals NHRA Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

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

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

Dean Skuza, driver of the Moapr Parts Dodge Stratus R/T, failed to improve on his 4.871-second elapsed time at 313.07 mph; dropping the two-time NHRA National event winner to the eighth-qualified slot.

"We really hopped it up for that night run," Skzua said."We were really on a nice pass during today's session, but we threw a blower belt. The track was a lot better than we thought it would be and it ran lean on fuel at the top end."

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

Gene Wilson was unable to improve a 6.846-second elapsed time at 200.71 mph set during yesterday's first session. The rookie Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T driver fell to sixth in the qualifying order.

"We didn't have a real good day," Wilson said." The track seems to be smooth, but you can definitely tell that a lot of cars have gone down the track. We're pretty happy with where we are in the qualifying order, but we would definitely like to be better."

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

Larry Morgan sits on the outside of the top 16. The Newark, Ohio, Pro Stock veteran logged a 6.893-second lap at 200.17 mph.

"We just need to make better runs," Morgan said."As soon as I let the clutch out, I knew it was a bad run. The right lane is a little slower, but that's not why we didn't qualify. We just missed the set up. No need to panic, but we're starting to run out of time."

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

All looked well after the second-qualifying session today for Darrell Alderman. The three-time POWERade Pro Stock World Champion posted the second-quickest time of the session (6.893) and was poised to break into the show during the night session. But Alderman and his Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T failed to pick up enough with a 6.882-second run at 200.53 mph. The bump spot currently sits at 6.871.

"We really moved to the left on the start," Alderman said."And that was enough to spoil the run. We looked good on the shift points, and after the earlier session today, thought that we had a shot at it. We're going to change some things and see if we can't get in tomorrow morning."

GREG STANFIELD, driver of the DBP Motorsports Dodge Neon R/T

An unlikely story is starting to shape up in the DBP Motorsports camp. Greg Stanfield wielded his Hemi-powered Dodge Neon R/T into the eighth slot with a 6.849-second elapsed time at 200.71 mph. Team owner Bart Price talked about the day.

"We really looked good in our 60-foot time; and that's what got us in," Price said."We tested here last week and really ran well. And that helped us tremendously. We had the best 60-foot times during testing of anyone, so we went back to that set up and it worked out well. This is a new engine and it has a lot of power. So, we're real pleased right now."

-mopar-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Dean Skuza , Larry Morgan , Gene Wilson , Greg Stanfield