Skuza beats Force; rain postpones actviity. MORRISON, Colo. -- Mopar Motorsports NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series teams completed eliminations for this weekend's Lucas Oil Products NHRA Nationals at Pacific Raceways. NOTABLE-- Rain halted...
Skuza beats Force; rain postpones actviity.
MORRISON, Colo. -- Mopar Motorsports NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series teams completed eliminations for this weekend's Lucas Oil Products NHRA Nationals at Pacific Raceways.
NOTABLE-- Rain halted action and postponed today's Lucas Oil Products NHRA Nationals. Racing in the Fuel categories are slated for tomorrow starting at 10:30 a.m., WST.
DEAN SKUZA, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Stratus R/T
Dean Skuza and the Mopar Parts Dodge Stratus R/T Nitro Funny Car continued his mastery over 11-time Nitro Funny Car World Champion John Force. Skuza took home a third-straight round victory over Force and his fourth in the last five meetings. Skuza ran low elapsed time of the round at 4.962 seconds and 303.50 mph. Force smoked the tires and crossed the finish line in 7.152 seconds.
"The longer John Force is on the track, the better that team gets," Skuza said."He just doesn't make a mistake unless it's in the first round. That's when you might see him make a miscue. Unfortunately, there's the intimidation factor with John Force out there. Other teams beat themselves' out there.
"With us, there's not any intimidation," Skuza added."We just try to run our race. It sounds like a cliche, but we try to go just as fast as we can. We don't want to beat ourselves. If he beats us, you go shake his hand and say,' good race.'
With rain ceasing activity, Skuza matches up tomorrow with Cruz Pedregon in round two.
GENE WILSON, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T
An unusual first round match with Larry Nance ended in a red light for Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T rookie Gene Wilson. As rain threatened to end today's activities prematurely, Wilson and Nance's 105-second burn down did not please NHRA starter Rick Stewart.
Stewart asked the duo to step back and wait for other pairs to run. One of the many rain delays halted activity before the two went back onto the starting line. On the second go around, Wilson staged early, brought up the rev limiter, and left before it chimed green. It was Wilson's first red-light loss of the season.
"Not the day I was looking for," said a visibly upset Wilson."We got up there after out burn down and I thought I had cut a good light. I don't know - it went red. There's really nothing I can say.
"It was one of those things," commented Wilson on the burn down."You try to play and have an advantage over your competitor. Whatever it takes, that's what we'll do. No hard feeling between either one of us. Its just part of Pro Stock racing. We'll do it if we need to."
LARRY MORGAN, driver of the Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T
Larry Morgan and the blue Mopar Parts Dodge Neon R/T fell in the first round of competition to point leader Jim Yates. After posting his best qualifying effort since a third at Memphis (Tenn.) Motorsports Park in 2000, Morgan clocked a 6.888-second elapsed time at 199.91 mph. Yates drove to a quicker 6.857-second lap at 200.65 mph.
"It sure was slick out there," Morgan said."We spun the tires so hard that I was pushing 9,600 rpm when I crossed the finish line. It was just the luck of the draw that we went out first. We had no idea which lane was better or what. We had a great weekend though."