Las Vegas: Mopar Motorsports Friday summary

Johnson nabs provisional seventh in Las Vegas. LAS VEGAS (April 4, 2003) -- In a city where fortunes can be made or lost on the roll of the dice, the Mopar NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series teams worked feverishly throughout the first day of ...

Johnson nabs provisional seventh in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS (April 4, 2003) -- In a city where fortunes can be made or lost on the roll of the dice, the Mopar NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series teams worked feverishly throughout the first day of qualifying in an effort to leave nothing to chance.

Below is a rundown of how the barbwire-wrapped machines fared in preparation for Sunday's fourth annual Summitracing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Allen Johnson, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T
Johnson & Johnson Racing
Current Weekend Best Qualifying Time: 6.916 seconds
Current Weekend Best Speed: 200.86 mph
Current Weekend Qualifying Position: Seventh

"We made a pretty decent run out there. I believe we would have been close to the pole if we had made some corrections. The car did a little dance in the wind when we got towards the end of the track, but we held on. We're going to work on the rpm range and make some other minor corrections."

Greg Stanfield, driver of the DBP Enterprises Dodge Neon R/T
DBP Enterprises
Current Weekend Best Qualifying Time: 6.936 seconds
Current Weekend Best Speed: 198.79 mph
Current Weekend Qualifying Position: 16th

"We're happy with the run considering that this was the fourth pass with a new car. It's going to take some work to get it better, but considering that we were able to baseline it in the top 16, that says a lot for this team. We got some good information that we'll work with tonight and hopefully show improvements tomorrow."

Darrell Alderman, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T
Johnson & Johnson Racing
Current Weekend Best Qualifying Time: 6.937 seconds
Current Weekend Best Speed: 198.93 mph
Current Weekend Qualifying Position: 17th

"We were a little light in the rpm range. We need to work on that and add a little more clutch. The track is awesome. We just have to find the combination for the car to really take advantage of it. The little improvements will add up and we'll make a better run tomorrow."

Gene Wilson, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Stratus R/T
Larry Morgan Racing
Current Weekend Best Qualifying Time: 6.953 seconds
Current Weekend Best Speed: 199.43 mph
Current Weekend Qualifying Position: 22nd

"The car ran the center line pretty well, but we left a little bit out there. We made a fairly decent run as far as the clutch goes and I think we're making better and better runs. We'll make a difference tomorrow. The wind out here has been atrocious. The runs are fine until the car gets past the grandstands and then we get hit with a pretty solid crosswind. I try to focus on getting the car down the track as fast as I can and in a straight line, but when that winds hits, it's tough to do."

Larry Morgan, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Stratus R/T
Larry Morgan Racing
Current Weekend Best Qualifying Time: 7.028 seconds
Current Weekend Best Speed: 196.62 mph
Current Weekend Qualifying Position: 29th

"The key for this new Stratus is going to be track time. We've worked real hard over the off-season to get the right people in place to be as competitive as possible. We've done that, now it's a matter of test and track time for the car. We just need more time."

-Mopar.com-

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