Seattle: Mopar Friday qualifying notes

KENT, Wash. (July 27, 2001) - Dean Skuza and the Mopar Parts Dodge R/T Nitro Funny Car grabbed the sixth position following the first day of activity for this weekend's Prolong Superlubricants Northwest NHRA Nationals at Seattle International ...

KENT, Wash. (July 27, 2001) - Dean Skuza and the Mopar Parts Dodge R/T Nitro Funny Car grabbed the sixth position following the first day of activity for this weekend's Prolong Superlubricants Northwest NHRA Nationals at Seattle International Raceway.

The Brecksville, Ohio, resident clicked off a 4.946-second elapsed time at 302.28 mph, during the cooler second session.

"We were really just looking to get into the show," Skuza said. "We're pretty pleased with that. We want to stay in the top half and gain lane choice. The car ran quite well in the left lane and we made two passes and retained some great data. We're not sure what the weather is going to do tomorrow, so we're happy that we got this one tonight."

Osborne & Alderman in Top Half

The Mopar Parts duo of Mark Osborne and Darrell Alderman wielded their new Pro Stock Dodge Neon R/T entries to the seventh and eighth qualifying positions, respectively.

Osborne ran a 6.868-second lap at 201.67 mph during the second qualifier, inaugurating the new Neon R/T into sea-level competition following last weekend's debut in the upper altitudes of Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo.

"I thought we had a little more in it," said Osborne, who broke the track's speed record with a 201.82 mph run in the first session. "I knew we left a little on the table during our first run. We're making a lot of horsepower, but the run wasn't quite what we wanted. Overall, I'm pretty excited about the new cars."

Teammate Alderman, a three-time Winston Pro Stock World Champion, drove to the eighth slot with an elapsed time of 6.869-seconds at 201.46 mph.

"I thought I could have run a little better on that second hit," said Alderman, who was in the second-qualified position heading into the second session. "The car shook a little bit, but felt pretty comfortable going on through there. The track is pretty good and I think the lanes are pretty equal, so I think Sunday will be a good race day."

Morgan Misses

Frustration continues to be etched on the face of Dodge Motorsports Pro Stock Neon R/T driver Larry Morgan. With a great deal of testing under his belt following last weekend's Mopar Parts Mile-High Nationals just outside Denver, Morgan was optimistic about today.

Morgan barely missed the top 16 with a 6.950-second run at 198.50 mph, placing the Newark, Ohio resident in the 17th position.

"I am utterly disappointed with our qualifying effort," said a frustrated Morgan. "We made some testing runs and we thought we had a handle on it. It's very frustrating right now."

-Mopar

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Series NHRA
Drivers Darrell Alderman , Dean Skuza , Larry Morgan