POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 4, 2001) - It was a nice opener for the Team Mopar crew as Darrell Alderman wielded his Dodge R/T Pro Stock entry to the finals of the AutoZone Winternationals at Pomona Raceway. The opening event for the 2001 NHRA Winston...
POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 4, 2001) - It was a nice opener for the Team Mopar crew as Darrell Alderman wielded his Dodge R/T Pro Stock entry to the finals of the AutoZone Winternationals at Pomona Raceway. The opening event for the 2001 NHRA Winston Drag Racing season.
Alderman, a three-time NHRA Winston Pro Stock World Champion, lined up against long-time rival Kurt Johnson in the final round and took a holeshot advantage (.452-.459) at the start. Johnson drove by Alderman at the top end with a 6.912-second elapsed time at 200.44 mph. Alderman clicked off a 6.936/200.41 combination.
"He knew he was in a race," said the 27-time national event winner. "I shook the tires in the right lane. I knew lane choice was critical on that run. We beat Warren (Johnson) over there, but didn't have enough in the end."
Alderman advanced to the finals by outrunning W. Johnson in the semifinals. The Kentucky resident opened the 2001 season by beating Mark Pawuk in round one and Tom Martino in round two.
The victory puts Alderman a solid second in the NHRA Winston Pro Stock points championship chase.
Mark Osborne began his Mopar career by taking the 13th-qualifying position; but ended the 2001 NHRA season opener with a loss to the aforementioned Kurt Johnson in round one. Johnson ran a 6.887-second lap at 200.65 mph and Osborne managed a 6.954/199.70 effort.
"We were pretty slow at the 60-foot mark," Osborne commented. "I would have liked to start off the season a little better, but it was a good weekend. The new Hemi engine is impressive.
"We're just going to have to get about 20-25 more runs on this car in testing," Osborne added.