Pro Stock Neon approved

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (Feb. 9, 2001) -- Officials from the NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series have approved Dodge's new Pro Stock Neon. The Pro Stock Neon will initially be campaigned by the factory-backed efforts of Nickens Brothers Racing and Larry...

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (Feb. 9, 2001) -- Officials from the NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series have approved Dodge's new Pro Stock Neon.

The Pro Stock Neon will initially be campaigned by the factory-backed efforts of Nickens Brothers Racing and Larry Morgan Racing and powered by Mopar's 500-cubic-inch Pro Stock Hemi engine. Other Mopar competitors have also placed orders for the new Pro Stock Neon as well.

"I'm really pumped about the new Neon," said Larry Morgan, owner/driver of the Dodge Dealers-sponsored Larry Morgan Racing entry. "Our new Dodge hot rod will bring us a lot closer to our competitors. I think it's far superior to what we are running right now. It's a good move for Dodge and Mopar."

DaimlerChrysler drag racing program manager Brett Fischer explained the process and approach to the Pro Stock Neon's development.

"The new Pro Stock Neon project has been a joint effort among Mopar engineers, chassis builder Rick Jones and composite specialist Mark Kirkman," Fischer said. "We now have a car comparable to our competition. The new Neon will allow our Mopar-powered Dodge teams to show the massive horsepower they have had under their hoods this whole time."

Though NHRA approval has been granted, the cars will have to be sorted out before introducing them into competition.

"The cars should be ready sometime in the next few months," Fischer continued. "The strong performance of our older Dodge R/T body against the newer crop of competitors at Pomona (Calif.) has given us the flexibility to extend the development and testing time of the new Neon."

Nickens Brothers Racing driver Darrell Alderman drove his Dodge R/T Pro Stock entry to the finals of the season-opening AutoZone Winternationals at Pomona Raceway Feb. 4.

- David Harris

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Series NHRA
Drivers Darrell Alderman , Larry Morgan