Joliet: Mopar Motorsports finals summary

JOLIET, Ill. -- Mopar Motorsports NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series teams completed eliminations for this weekend's Chicagoland Dodge Dealers NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway. The following are notes and quotes from today's ...

JOLIET, Ill. -- Mopar Motorsports NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series teams completed eliminations for this weekend's Chicagoland Dodge Dealers NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway.

The following are notes and quotes from today's elimination 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 fell in the second round of eliminations to Tony Pedregon. Despite a strong weekend of qualifying, changing track conditions hurt the tune up and he smoked the tires.

"We had one of our best weekends this year," Skuza said."We made a great run in the first session and really didn't do anything different. We did learn a lot from what we hade. I'm pretty pleased with it."

Skuza advanced to the second round with a victory over Tim Wilkerson. The Brecksville, Ohio resident laid down a 4.853-second lap at 308.00 mph to take the win.

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

Gene Wilson had a great starting-line advantage on Tom Hammonds (434-.463), but a 6.844-second elapsed time at 199.73 mph was quicker than a 6.933-second run at 199.36 mph.

"We slid around in that right lane," Wilson said."Not having lane choice bit us that round. I want to say thank you to all the Chicagoland Dodge Dealers who came out this weekend."

-Dodge.com-

David Harris, Cox Marketing Group Mopar Motorsports NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series davidh@coxmarketinggroup.com (704) 799-2114-- office (704) 756-9301 - mobile

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Pedregon , Dean Skuza , Gene Wilson , Tom Hammonds , Tim Wilkerson