Phoenix: Mopar Motorsports eliminations summary

Frustrating day of Eliminations. CHANDLER, Ariz. (Feb. 23, 2003) -- It was a short day of competition for the Mopar-backed Pro Stock entries in today's Checker Schuck's & Kragen NHRA Nationals at Firebird International Raceway. The red-light...

Frustrating day of Eliminations.

CHANDLER, Ariz. (Feb. 23, 2003) -- It was a short day of competition for the Mopar-backed Pro Stock entries in today's Checker Schuck's & Kragen NHRA Nationals at Firebird International Raceway.

The red-light bug bit Allen Johnson in round one, as the Tennessee resident fell to defending Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin, Jr.

"I must have been in a little deep or something," said Johnson, who drove to the finals of the season opener in Pomona, Calif. "I saw yellow and the car made an excellent run. It left hard and felt real good on through there. It just wasn't my day.

Three-time POWERade Pro Stock World Champion Darrell Alderman also lost in the first round. Kurt Johnson's 6.857-second elapsed time at 201.45 mph was good enough to outrun Alderman's 6.863-second lap at 201.75 mph. Despite the loss, it was Alderman's best pass of the weekend.

"We made a nice run over in that right lane," said Alderman, who was gunning for his 29th NHRA national event victory. "We left real well, but it wasn't enough. The lanes seemed fairly equal out there."

Greg Stanfield and the DBP Enterprises Dodge Neon R/T grabbed a starting line advantage on Troy Coughlin (.017-.026). Unfortunately for the Bossier City, La., resident, his 6.938/200.71 combination wasn't enough to hold off Coughlin's 6.869/200.56 effort.

-Mopar.com-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Troy Coughlin , Darrell Alderman , Kurt Johnson , Greg Stanfield , Allen Johnson