Las Vegas: Mopar team eliminations report

Alderman drives to second-straight final. Krisher wins a close one. LAS VEGAS, Nev.-- Darrell Alderman was looking for something special. And the three-time NHRA POWERade Pro Stock World Champion almost got it when he fell to Ron Krisher in ...

Alderman drives to second-straight final.
Krisher wins a close one.

LAS VEGAS, Nev.-- Darrell Alderman was looking for something special. And the three-time NHRA POWERade Pro Stock World Champion almost got it when he fell to Ron Krisher in today's finals of the third annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at the Las Vegas Motors Speedway.

In what was Alderman's first back-to-back final-round outing since winning the first two races to open 1995 NHRA season, the 28-time national event winner clicked off a 7.026-second lap at 197.54 mph, but it wasn't enough to overcome a 7.016/197.83 combination by Krisher.

" We should have had this win, but it didn't happen," said a disappointed Alderman." I really hate it for the team. We'll go to Houston next week and see what we can do. I drove really well there until the final when I tried to get too fancy and cut a perfect light. We're on the right track wit this team though, and the Neon is really starting to show some great consistency. That's what it takes to challenge for the championship." . Alderman was once again a wizard at the starting line posting two holeshot victories en route to the final. In round one, the Morehead, Ky., resident nipped Tom Martino with a 7.021-second lap at 197.16 mph. Martino logged a slower 7.026/197.45 combination.

Alderman recorded his second-straight holeshot victory (.451-.467) over defending NHRA POWERade Pro Stock World Champion Warren Johnson. Alderman clicked off a 7.038-second elapsed time at 197.05 mph to best Johnson's quicker 7.024/197.48 run. Alderman also took out George Marnell on the starting line with a .435 to .468 advantage. Alderman's 7.030 was enough to hold off Marnell's 7.028.

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

Dean Skuza's attempt to knock John Force out in the first round at two-straight NHRA national events went up in smoke. Skuza, who wields the Mopar Parts dodge Stratus R/T, watched Force set the second quickest elapsed time of the round at 4.919 seconds and 318.54 mph.

"The track was a little tricky, especially in the right lane," Skuza said." When you're racing against the best, it's always going to be tough. It's like playing with fire, it will eventually burn you at some point."

-Mopar Motorsports

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Series NHRA
Drivers Darrell Alderman , Warren Johnson , Dean Skuza , John Force , Ron Krisher , Tom Martino