Pomona: Mopar Friday summary

Alderman vaults to provisional third in Pomona. POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 7, 2003) -- Mopar NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series drivers completed the second day of qualifying for the season-opening K&N Filters Winternationals at the historic Pomona ...

Alderman vaults to provisional third in Pomona.

POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 7, 2003) -- Mopar NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series drivers completed the second day of qualifying for the season-opening K&N Filters Winternationals at the historic Pomona Raceway.

Darrell Alderman, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T

"The run felt a little light at first, but when I got back and looked at the computer, the 60-foot (time) was good and I think once the track comes around we can improve our elapsed times. Right now, we have to be happy with that run. We changed just about everything on the car from yesterday and it's coming together, plus the track has gotten better.

"Yesterday's runs were done on a track that had very little rubber down. After today's runs, we've got enough rubber down to get better grip and turn better times."

NOTE: Alderman's 203.22-mph pass during today's qualifying session was a career best; outrunning a 202.88 mph effort at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pa., in 2001.

Allen Johnson, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T

"The track was much better today than it was yesterday, but we were a little too aggressive out there with this car today. We had to back off our gear ratio and clutch settings to take some of the energy out of the car and transfer it to the right places."

Larry Morgan, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Stratus R/T

"The key for this new Stratus is going to be track time. We've worked real hard over the off-season to get the right people in place to be as competitive as possible. We've done that, now it's a matter of test and track time for the car. We just need more time."

Gene Wilson, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Stratus R/T

"I'm more than happy with the run from a car standpoint. Keep in mind that this was the fourth pass I've had in this new Stratus. The car is working very well. We've changed shocks, ride height and just about every nut and bolt that you can turn to get the car to drive straight and leave with a short time like it has -- there's a nice glimmer of hope for this team and breaking in this car.

-Mopar.com-

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