The National Hot Rod Assn. lifted the competition license of drag racing champion Darrell Alderman and suspended him indefinitely Friday after learning that he had pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine.
Alderman, winner of the past two NHRA pro stock championships, drove a Dodge Daytona to victory in 11 of 14 national events last season, setting a record for victories in a season. He would have been defending champion in the season-opening Winternationals, which start Jan. 30 at the Pomona Fairplex.
The NHRA edict will "prohibit Darrell Alderman from driving, owning or otherwise participating in NHRA events or in events held at NHRA tracks." Although the suspension is of an indefinite length, Alderman will not be eligible to apply for reinstatement for two years. At that time, the competition committee would review the case if he asks that it do so.
Alderman, through spokeswoman Janet Dougherty, issued the following statement from his home in Morehead, Ky.:
"The NHRA made a very strong statement. What I did was wrong and this is the penalty I have to pay. As I said before, if you are thinking about using drugs, don't, and if you are using them, get help."