Richmond Mopar Sunday Report

(DINWIDDIE, Va. -- April 30, 2000) - Not even a round one defeat at the hands of National Rod Ass'n Pro Stock points leader Jeg Coughlin could wipe the smile off Team Mopar Dodge Avenger pilot Scott Geoffrion's face during Sunday's Moto1.net ...

(DINWIDDIE, Va. -- April 30, 2000) - Not even a round one defeat at the hands of National Rod Ass'n Pro Stock points leader Jeg Coughlin could wipe the smile off Team Mopar Dodge Avenger pilot Scott Geoffrion's face during Sunday's Moto1.net Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park.

Coughlin, who ran the round's low elapsed time at 6.86 with a speed of 199.94 miles per hour, beat out Geoffrion's 6.93/198.58. For the Team Mopar shoe however, it was his first round of competition in more than two seasons and feels the future holds a lot of promise.

"We didn't make too bad of run for that lane I guess," said Geoffrion, who was placed in the right lane after qualifying 14th. "It shook real good in low and it shook in second. He ran low elapsed time of the round, which is tough.

"We've got to walk before we can run," Geoffrion added. "I'm really looking forward to Atlanta (next Sunday). I think we've got something for them."

The Team Mopar Dodge Avenger crew changed engines after the first round of qualifying, giving Geoffrion the latest in Dodge Hemi racing technology. The engine change helped Geoffrion qualify for the quickest NHRA Pro Stock field in history.

In Nitro Funny Car action, Jim Epler nipped MATCO/Mopar Dodge Avenger shoe Dean Skuza across the stripe in round one of elimination. Skuza's 4/303.09 fell shy of Epler's 4.89/310.77.

Skuza's MATCO/Mopar team ran a new clutch system during the first round, giving the crew valuable information for the future.

"We figured it would be worth a first round loss to get it (new clutch system) in there," Skuza said. "We figured we got to bite the bullet on this one and get ready for Atlanta. There is a lot of racing left and if we hang around in points, we will really be strong with this new clutch setup."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Jim Epler , Scott Geoffrion