Mopar Pro Stock Wrap Up POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 9, 2003) -- Mopar concluded the 2003 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season with today's Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Nationals at Pomona Raceway. Mopar's Gene Wilson finished his ...
Mopar Pro Stock Wrap Up
POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 9, 2003) -- Mopar concluded the 2003 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season with today's Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Nationals at Pomona Raceway.
Mopar's Gene Wilson finished his season in the first round, losing to Warren Johnson after shutting off early. The 2002 NHRA rookie of the year cut a .009 of a second light, but it wasn't enough.
"It's not the end to the season that we wanted," Wilson said. "I think we ended the with a pretty good race car. The right lane had been giving everyone problems all weekend, and unfortunately we lost lane choice by two tenths of a mile and hour. We matched him in elapsed time during qualifying. That lane choice got us there in the end."
A close one in round one ended Larry Morgan's day in round one. The Mopar Pro Stock veteran made the second-quickest run in the right lane at 6.796 seconds and 203.98 mph, but it wasn't enough to overcome Mike Edward's 6.792-second elapsed time at 203.98 mph.
"We had a great second half of the season," Morgan said. "If we wouldn't have made such a bad run on that last one, we might still be going right now. We just blew the tires off of it in second gear, but we did make a decent run for the right lane. It just wasn't our day. The guys on the team worked so hard to help us have a great second half of the season."
A first-round red light closed out Allen Johnson's 2003 NHRA season. Johnson, who drives the Mopar Parts Dodge Stratus, fell to newly crowned Pro Stock World Champion Greg Anderson.
"We have to be happy overall," Johnson said. "We started the year out really well, but faltered a little bit toward the end. It will be the best finish of my career in points. We have a great team and I have a great teammate in Darrell Alderman. We have three months to revamp, find about 30 horsepower, and make things better for next year."