Seattle: Mopar Saturday notes

KENT, Wash. (July 29, 2000) - The Team Mopar Pro Stock duo of Darrell Alderman and Scott Geoffrion qualified for a second-straight national event following the final day of Prolong Superlubricants Northwest NHRA Nationals time trials at Seattle...

KENT, Wash. (July 29, 2000) - The Team Mopar Pro Stock duo of Darrell Alderman and Scott Geoffrion qualified for a second-straight national event following the final day of Prolong Superlubricants Northwest NHRA Nationals time trials at Seattle International Raceway Saturday. It marks the second time this season (Mopar Parts Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo was the first) that both Nickens Brothers Racing Dodge Avengers have qualified for the same show.

Three-time NHRA Winston Pro Stock World Champion Alderman led the Mopar brigade with a 6.935-second elapsed time at 198.26 mph. The blast, coming during the third round today, moved the Kentucky resident from 16th to ninth. Alderman faces Troy Coughlin in the first round.

"The right lane was good to us during that run (third session)," said Alderman, who drove to the final round of competition at Bandimere Speedway. "I saw the track pretty good, which wasn't the case in the first two runs. We're satisfied with it. We have a good race day setup."

Scott Geoffrion, driver of the other Team Mopar Dodge Avenger, failed to improve during Saturday's activity. Despite the outing, Geoffrion took the 15th-qualifying position heading into tomorrow's elimination rounds with a 6.956/197.42 combination. Geoffrion faces Kurt Johnson in round one.

"We moved up a spot from last race, which means we're making headway," Geoffrion said. "It feels great to have both cars in. The guys are doing a great job and we're running well. I'm pretty happy."

It was a tough weekend for Dodge Motorsports Avenger pilot Larry Morgan. After a strong third-place qualifying effort at Bandimere Speedway, the Ohio resident's 6.973/198.64 best run was just shy of the 16-car field.

"We had a bad weekend," Morgan said. "We just had a bad clutch program. Once we do some testing, we'll figure out what this car needs.

"I'm really impressed with the horsepower we're producing," Morgan added. "It's just a matter of putting it on the track."

The Matco Tools/Mopar Parts Nitro Funny Car of Dean Skuza grabbed the eighth position with a 5.050/293.09 effort in round number four. Skuza felt it was important to garner lane choice for tomorrow's first-round eliminator with Frank Pedregon.

"Lane choice is so critical here. The right lane is just funky," Skuza commented. "I have seen some nice runs in the right lane. But, I don't care how the right lane looks; you're not going to see us in there. The key is for us to maintain lane choice as long as we can."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Frank Pedregon , Troy Coughlin , Kurt Johnson , Dean Skuza , Larry Morgan , Scott Geoffrion