READING, Pa. (Sept. 17, 2000) - Darrell Alderman, driver of the Team Mopar Dodge R/T Pro Stock entry, fell to Jeg Coughlin, Jr. in the quarterfinals of today's Keystone NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway. Coughlin edged Alderman at the top...
READING, Pa. (Sept. 17, 2000) - Darrell Alderman, driver of the Team Mopar Dodge R/T Pro Stock entry, fell to Jeg Coughlin, Jr. in the quarterfinals of today's Keystone NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.
Coughlin edged Alderman at the top end with a 6.901-second run at 198.64 mph. to 6.909/198.67 Coughlin also held a (.448-.471) starting line advantage.
"We had a nice weekend and ran some great times," said the three-time NHRA Winston Pros Stock World Champion. "The car left pretty well, but I was just a little behind at the start."
Alderman advanced to the second round after defeating the Team Amoco Dodge R/T of Allen Johnson in round one. Alderman ran the third-quickest time of the first round with a 6.887/199.05 combination. Johnson drove to a 6.942/197.57.
Larry Morgan and the Dodge Motorsports R/T also advanced to the second round. After beating George Marnell in round one on a holeshot, Morgan's foot slipped off the throttle pedal at the starting line in his match up with Rickie Smith.
"That was frustrating end," Morgan said. "That is the worst light I've ever had. This is a new car and I'm still getting use to it."
The Team Mopar Dodge R/T of Scott Geoffrion fell in the first round of competition to No. 1 qualifier Ron Krisher. The nine-time NHRA national event winner managed a 6.962/198.06 effort, while Krisher had a 6.898/200.26.
"We had a pretty good weekend," Geoffrion said. "That was only the fifth run with this new setup. I'm excited about this team's direction."
Dean Skuza, driver of the Matco Tools/Mopar Parts Dodge R/T Nitro Funny Car, lost in round one to Scott Weis. Weis ran a 5.037/286.25 and Skuza drove to a 5.047/250.23.
"I had to shut it off at the top end because it was headed towards the wall," Skuza said. "Up to that point, we were running him down. I moved towards the wall and stayed in it as long as I could."