POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 10, 2000) - Team Mopar Dodge Dakota R/T driver Dale Eaton continued to turn heads in the second round of qualifying for the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals at Pomona Raceway Friday. Eaton ran a 7.542-second...
POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 10, 2000) - Team Mopar Dodge Dakota R/T driver Dale Eaton continued to turn heads in the second round of qualifying for the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals at Pomona Raceway Friday. Eaton ran a 7.542-second elapsed time at a career best 178.40 mph top speed, capturing the third position in the Pro Stock Truck category. "We ran the second fastest speed all the way through the top half," Eaton said. "I'm just so happy with this new Magnum P-5 engine. We are running, by far, the best we have all year."
Dale's son and driver of the Dodge Motorsports Dakota R/T Craig Eaton grabbed the 13th-qualifying position with a 7.586/176.53 combination. "We are so thrilled with this program right now," C. Eaton said. "We actually spun the tires in low gear. We have quite a bit left in my truck."
Dean Skuza and the Matco Tools.com/Mopar Parts Dodge maintained a second-qualifying position, despite smoking the tires and crossing the centerline. Skuza took second after making a 4.921/307.86 pass during the first session. "That wasn't what we wanted," said Skuza, who has two national event victories. "The car shook off the line and crossed over the centerline. The injector came in way too fast."
Scott Geoffrion, driver of the Team Mopar Dodge R/T Pro Stock entry, dialed his car in with a 6.941/197.36 effort. The run earned the nine-time national event winner the ninth position. "We still have a 6.92 in his rocket," Geoffrion said. "We were really loose down the track and it spun the tires in second gear."
Geoffrion's teammate Darrell Alderman, driver of the other Team Mopar Dodge R/T entry, fell to the 11th-qualifying position after shaking the tires and shutting it off. Alderman ran a 6.954/197.48 in yesterday's session. "The car lifted off the line and shook the tires," said the three-time NHRA Winston Pro Stock World Champion. "I just clicked it off so I wouldn't tag the wall."
Larry Morgan guided his Dodge Motorsports R/T to tbe 15th-qualifying position when he drove a 6.976/198.00 effort. "I'm not real happy with that one," Morgan said. "The car spun, shook and didn't make a good lap."
Todd Patterson, driver of the Dodge Motorsports Dakota R/T, missed the Pro Stock Truck field after posting a 7.639/175.14. Bo Nickens and his Dodge Motorsports R/T Pro Stock entry also missed the show with a 6.987/195.73 effort.