Phoenix: Mopar Motorsports Saturday summary

Three Mopars crack the top 16 in Phoenix. Johnson, Stanfield and Alderman line up for tomorrow. CHANDLER, Ariz. (Feb. 22, 2003) -- Allen Johnson leads the Mopar brigade into eliminations for tomorrow's Checker Schuck's & Kragen NHRA Nationals at...

Three Mopars crack the top 16 in Phoenix.
Johnson, Stanfield and Alderman line up for tomorrow.

CHANDLER, Ariz. (Feb. 22, 2003) -- Allen Johnson leads the Mopar brigade into eliminations for tomorrow's Checker Schuck's & Kragen NHRA Nationals at Firebird International Raceway.

Johnson grabbed the seventh slot with a weekend best elapsed time of 6.851 seconds at 202.93 mph. Teammate Darrell Alderman placed his Hemi-powered machine in the 13th slot, posting a 6.868-second elapsed time at 201.37 mph. The DBP Motorsports Dodge Neon R/T also made the field, managing a 6.865-second lap at 200.95 mph to nab the 12th-qualifying position.

"Lane choice is just huge here," said Johnson, who has choice in his first round match up with defending Pro Stock World Champion Jeg Coughlin, Jr."You just have to make good, consistent runs on the hot and sloppy tracks like we have this weekend. You make conservative decisions and not give it away with tire shake."

"We have great power and a great team this year," Johnson added. "Everybody works really well together. We've done a lot of testing and gotten our ducks in a row."

Alderman will face off against Kurt Johnson in the first round.

"It seems like the initial (part of the run) is a little bit better out there," Alderman noted. "But when you get into second gear, it blows the tires off. We just came a hair of having to abort the run and miss the show in that third round. It shook pretty hard. I think the sun is hurting it a little bit out therein second gear."

Despite making the show, Stanfield was not pleased with his performances thus far. The Bossier, La., resident will take on Troy Coughlin in round one.

"We haven't been able to get enough clutch in it this weekend," Stanfield said. "In the first round of qualifying, we shook real bad. We've backed up in the standing during every round. This is the first time we've run here, so we are trying to get as much information as we can. The track is real loose."

The Stratus R/T entries of Larry Morgan and Gene Wilson didn't run as well -- missing the show this weekend. Wilson clocked a weekend best elapsed time of 6.923 seconds; while Morgan checked in with a 6.949-second pass.

-Mopar.com-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Troy Coughlin , Darrell Alderman , Kurt Johnson , Larry Morgan , Gene Wilson , Allen Johnson