Brainerd: Tommy Johnson Jr Saturday summary

BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 14, 2004) - Tommy Johnson Jr. recorded his best qualifying performance of the weekend behind the wheel of his blue Skoal RacingSM Chevy Monte Carlo Saturday at Brainerd International Raceway en route to grabbing the No. 12 ...

BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 14, 2004) - Tommy Johnson Jr. recorded his best qualifying performance of the weekend behind the wheel of his blue Skoal RacingSM Chevy Monte Carlo Saturday at Brainerd International Raceway en route to grabbing the No. 12 qualifying position at B.I.R.

Johnson, a five-time NHRA winner, used a Mike Green tune-up to blast his Chevy flopper to a pass of 4.939 seconds at 304.74 mph to move up in the qualifying order and claim the No. 12 qualifying position at the Minnesota track. On his final qualifying attempt of the weekend, Johnson's Funny Car spun the tires as he slowed to a run of 5.374 at 203.03. Johnson entered the day in the No. 13 spot. It is the first time this season that he has qualified 12th.

"We're getting closer and closer each time we go down the track," Johnson said. "We're getting better with this 85-percent nitro(methane) deal. We made a good run in the first session today and were a bit too aggressive on the last run. We were trying to improve our position there. With those four qualifying runs, we've got something to tune from for Sunday."

Johnson will face off against No. 5 qualifier Whit Bazemore in round one of Funny Car eliminations at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 15. Johnson is 6-11 in his career against Bazemore. They have not met during eliminations this season.

-www.snakeracing.com

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Series NHRA
Drivers Whit Bazemore , Tommy Johnson , Tommy Johnson Jr.