Pomona Mopar Dodge Performance Review

2000 NHRA AutoZone Winternationals Pomona Raceway Final Report POMONA, Calif., (Feb.6, 2000) - Matco Tools/Team Mopar Dodge Avenger Funny Car driven by Dean Skuza was defeated in Round-One by Kenny Sayers at...

2000 NHRA AutoZone Winternationals Pomona Raceway Final Report POMONA, Calif., (Feb.6, 2000) - Matco Tools/Team Mopar Dodge Avenger Funny Car driven by Dean Skuza was defeated in Round-One by Kenny Sayers at the NHRA AutoZone Winternationals at Pomona Raceway. Skuza currently has 36 points and is in ninth place.

In Pro Stock, Team Mopar drivers Darrell Alderman and Scott Geoffrion did not qualify. Dodge Motorsports team drivers Larry Morgan and John Nobile also did not qualify. Team Amoco Dodge Avenger driven by Allen Johnson was eliminated by Tom Martino in Round-Two.

In Pro Stock Truck, Team Mopar driver Bo Nickens and Dale Eaton did not qualify. Dodge Motorsports drivers Todd Patterson and Craig Eaton also did not qualify.

In the Federal-Mogul Sportsman Categories, 1999 Stock Eliminator World Champion Don Little drove his 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda to victory over Toby Lang in the final round.

Dean Skuza, Matco Tools/Team Mopar Dodge Avenger Funny Car (11.813/88.50), was defeated by Kenny Sayers (5.534/247.20) in Round One.

"To have qualified so well all weekend only to lose in round one is disappointing. After having a new chassis and body built, we had high hopes that we had turned things around. Our pre-season testing had yielded some great results. This was further reinforced during the four great runs we had during qualifying.

"We knew the conditions would be different for Sunday's eliminations so we made some adjustments to the car. As soon as I hit the throttle, the tires just went up in smoke. We're concerned that the car to reacted the way it did during first round. Yet we have no concrete ideas right now on to correct it. We have even examined the replay of the run on the computer and we still don't why our Dodge Avenger was so aggressive on the starting line.

"Crew chief Lance (Larsen) and I are racking our brains on why the car smoked the tires. One theory is the fact the engine makes much more power than last year. Because of the increased horsepower, the team is trying to balance the motor through the right mix of compression ratio and blower boost. This is common when you have a brand new combination you are working with and you haven't put enough laps on the car.

"With what we have learned this weekend, the crew and I will tear everything apart in the chassis and suspension to find the culprit. There is a great deal of talent that is dedicated to seeing this team succeed."

Don Little, Plymouth Hemi Cuda, (10.365/127.84), defeated Toby Lang (11.834/108.34) In the final round of Stock Eliminator.

"This Hemi was super consistent all weekend. I can't say enough about how this feels. To win the Winternationals after coming off a championship season we had last year is a dream come true. I didn't win one NHRA national event during the 1999 season and now look what's happened, we're in the winners circle. The last time I won in Pomona was back in 1992 during the World Finals. Back then I was running a 440 Six Pack Wedge engine under the hood of my Cuda and it to was fast and consistent.

"This Mopar may not be the fastest A/Stocker in the country but it's deadly consistent. With repeatable performance all weekend, I had a feeling in my gut that we could pull this one off. When I had a heads?up run in the quarter finals, I knew I could go all the way, as the Hemi was running strong.

"This now makes a total of five NHRA national event wins in my racing career and they have all been with Mopars; as a matter of fact, that's all I've raced for over 25 years. Everyone is asking if I plan to chase points and repeat as world champion in Stock. Right now, we'll just take it one race at a time and try to make the Hemi run even quicker. With the championship season we had in 1999 combined with our first win coming at the 2000 Winternationals, who wouldn't want a Hemi?"

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Series NHRA
Drivers John Nobile , Darrell Alderman , Dean Skuza , Larry Morgan , Todd Patterson , Tom Martino , Scott Geoffrion , Allen Johnson