Brainerd: Warren Johnson Saturday notes

WJ Steps Up on Saturday, Will Start Third in Brainerd After battling to get their race car off the starting line in the last few races, Warren Johnson and the GM Performance Parts GXP Racing team found a workable combination during the second...

WJ Steps Up on Saturday, Will Start Third in Brainerd

After battling to get their race car off the starting line in the last few races, Warren Johnson and the GM Performance Parts GXP Racing team found a workable combination during the second and final day of qualifying for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, MN. As a result, WJ will start third in Sunday's final eliminations at Brainerd International Raceway.

In each of Saturday's twin sessions, Johnson posted competitive sixty-foot times and was among the quickest in the Pro Stock category, highlighted by his 6.684-second, 206.95 mph pass, which was the second quickest for the day behind his son Kurt's 6.681-second effort. Although pleased to have earned a top starting position for Sunday's final eliminations, The Professor was quick to acknowledge that his work was far from done.

"We've hit upon a direction today that we believe we should pursue further with our GM Performance Parts GXP. The combination certainly worked on this racetrack today, but we still see some anomalies in it that need to be worked out. If we're able to address those in a timely fashion, we should be really able to rock and roll. After all, it has come down to crunch time, and if we want to secure our spot in the playoffs, we need to go rounds.

"We're particularly encouraged by our performance in the first sixty feet today, which is an area we had been working on. For example, on top of our performance this morning, we were the second quickest car to sixty feet in the left hand lane for that last session, and third quickest overall, which, considering we were using that run to break in a new set of tires, isn't all bad. We still have some things we need to work on, but we are certainly better than we have been of late, and it couldn't come at a better time."

-credit: j2r

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Drivers Warren Johnson