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(MADISON, Ill. - June 22, 2000) - Dodge Motorsports Dakota R/T driver Todd Patterson moved within the elite after the first two sessions of Sears Craftsman NHRA Nationals qualifying Thursday. Patterson's 7.61-second elapsed time at 176.14 mph ...

(MADISON, Ill. - June 22, 2000) - Dodge Motorsports Dakota R/T driver Todd Patterson moved within the elite after the first two sessions of Sears Craftsman NHRA Nationals qualifying Thursday. Patterson's 7.61-second elapsed time at 176.14 mph nabbed the fourth slot.

"This new Magnum powerplant is simply awesome," said Patterson, who qualified seventh at last weekend's event in Kirkersville, Ohio. "I can't say enough about this Dodge Motorsports crew. We have come a long way in a short period of time."

"The track is in good shape, especially the right lane," Patterson added. "So far, we have had two smooth runs."

Craig Eaton, driver of the other Dodge Motorsports Dakota R/T, ripped off a 7.67/174.91 effort and barely missed the top 16. Teammate and father Dale Eaton, drove his Team Mopar Dodge Dakota R/T to a 7.79/171.79 showing.

Darrell Alderman, driver of the Team Mopar Dodge Avenger, led the way for the Pro Stock contingent. The three-time Winston World Champion, in barely missing the field, ran a 7.01/195.85.

"This Dodge Avenger made a straight run," Alderman said. "We slipped the clutch a little. The starting line has less grip than we are used to.

Team Mopar teammate Scott Geoffrion also failed to qualify, laying down a 7.02/195.90 effort. The Dodge Avenger pilot likes the baseline the Nickens Brothers team has established.

"We have a good feel for the track," Geoffrion said. "The Hemi engine is starting to perform with some consistency."

John Nobile's Dodge Motorsports Avenger clicked off a 7.10/190.45 best effort and Larry Morgan managed a 7.13/194.97 lap.

Dean Skuza and the Matco Tools/Mopar Parts Nitro Funny Car team clocked in at 5.12/295.66, giving the Ohio native the 12th-qualifying slot.

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Series NHRA
Drivers John Nobile , Darrell Alderman , Dean Skuza , Larry Morgan , Todd Patterson , Scott Geoffrion