Pomona: Mopar Saturday notes

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 11, 2000) - An untimely Saturday afternoon rain shower precluded the final round of qualifying and set the field for tomorrow's Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals at Pomona Raceway. Matco Tools.com/Mopar...

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 11, 2000) - An untimely Saturday afternoon rain shower precluded the final round of qualifying and set the field for tomorrow's Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals at Pomona Raceway.

Matco Tools.com/Mopar Parts Dodge R/T Nitro Funny Car driver Dean Skuza, who ripped off an impressive 4.921-second pass at 307.86 mph in Thursday's first session, held on to the second-qualifying position and will face John Lawson in round one of eliminations.

"Our first run was pretty stout," said the two-time NHRA national event winner. "We were experimenting with the clutch in the latter two rounds, but we'll be ready for tomorrow."

Rookie competitor Bo Nickens, who drives a Dodge Motorsports R/T, made his first Pro Stock field of the season with a 6.905/199.76 combination. The former Team Mopar Pro Stock Truck driver will face No. 8 qualifier Ron Krisher in round one.

"That was quite a run," Nickens said. "It really made a move off the line and felt really good. The crew has really scrambled to get this down the track. They have done a great job."

Darrell Alderman and the Team Mopar Dodge R/T took the tenth position with a 6.911/198.61 effort. The three-time NHRA Winston Pro Stock World Champion will challenge Rickie Smith in the first round.

"We were able to remedy our problems," said Alderman, who shut off in round two. "The car was pretty straight and felt pretty good. I know it has more in it though."

Larry Morgan, driver of the Dodge Motorsports R/T, grabbed the 14th-qualifying position with a 6.914/199.05 combination. The Ohio resident will face Richie Stevens in round number one.

"We have one more race to go," Morgan said. "I hope to end it on a high note. We have made so many gains with the new Hemi engine this year. We have been so close and I would like to bring Dodge a victory this season."

Dale Eaton, who drives the Team Mopar Dodge Dakota R/T in the Pro Stock Truck category, qualified for his first race of the season when he ran a 7.530/178.78 effort. The run, which garnered the Phoenix resident eighth, will face Larry Joe Seay in round one.

"I'm pretty excited about making my first race of the season," said Eaton. "This new Magnum P-5 engine has made all of the difference in the world. Amazingly, we are still a little weak on the starting line."

It was a tough end to Team Mopar Pro Stock driver Scott Geoffrion's season. The nine-time national event winner missed the 16-car Pro Stock field with a 6.941/197.36.

"It's a real downer to end the season like that," Geoffrion said. "I really thought we would have qualified in that last session. We were so close."

Craig Eaton, who drives the Dodge Motorsports Dakota R/T, closed out the season by barely missing the Pro Stock Truck field. C. Eaton drove to 17th with a 7.565/178.00.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Darrell Alderman , Dean Skuza , Larry Morgan , Scott Geoffrion , Rickie Smith