Mopar Pro Stock standout Larry Morgan continues to drive this message home -- he?s back. After posting his best-qualifying effort of the season in fourth, the Newark, Ohio, resident drove to his second-straight semifinal of the season during today?s CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway. In the semifinals, Greg Anderson (6.735/204.48) outran Morgan (6.769/203.92) despite a .001 to .019 of a second starting-line advantage. ?We?re coming together,? Morgan said. ?It didn?t make a great run on that last one though. Lane choice is important in these deals and we didn?t have it there at the end. I couldn?t be more pleased with how this team has run. We have the horsepower and this new Stratus is just an awesome, awesome race car.? Morgan moved in the semifinal with a holeshot victory over Jason Line in round one and a victory over Jim Yates in round two. In his first round effort, Morgan clicked off a 6.780-second elapsed time at 204.11 mph. Three-time POWERade Pro Stock World Champion Darrell Alderman advanced to the second round of eliminations today. The 28-time NHRA national event winner defeated a red-lighting Mike Edwards in round one, before falling to Anderson in round two. ?We spun the tires a little bit on that run,? Alderman said. ?I?m pleased because we?re back on track though. The car feels pretty good again and (Roy) Johnson is making pretty good horsepower out there.? Teammate Allen Johnson and his Mopar Parts Dodge Stratus fell out in round one. Johnson posted a 6.837-second lap at 202.32 mph, but it wasn?t enough to run down 6.777-second lap at 202.27 mph.? ?It seemed pretty loose,? Johnson said. ?We sure didn?t make the run we wanted to out there. You always want to look at lane choice, but we think we?re back to where we need to be. I?m excited about going back to Reading (Pa.).? Gene Wilson lost in the first round of eliminations to Jim Yates. Even though the Mopar Pro Stock ace had a .001 reaction time, Yates ran a 6.769/202.67 combination and it was enough to overcome Wilson?s 6.791/202.91 effort. ?Definitely not the run I was looking for,? Wilson said. ?We almost got him there, but it wasn?t enough. I?m so proud of this whole Larry Morgan Racing operation. We have come together and I?m so pleased with how hard everyone has worked.?
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