Making Progress on Every Run, WJ Qualifies Fourth in Brainerd Qualifying for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals went almost completely according to plan for Warren Johnson and the GM Performance Parts GTO Racing team, as they bettered their...
Making Progress on Every Run, WJ Qualifies Fourth in Brainerd
Qualifying for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals went almost completely according to plan for Warren Johnson and the GM Performance Parts GTO Racing team, as they bettered their performance on every attempt. After opening with a solid 6.854-second, 202.21 mph effort on Friday afternoon, Johnson and his Terry Adams-led crew worked on fine-tuning their set-up over the next day and a half, culminating with a stout 6.757-second, 204.98 mph pass in the heat of the afternoon, which was the second quickest of the session, and fastest of the event in the Pro Stock category.
This impressive performance earned the six-time champion the fourth starting position for Sunday's final eliminations at Brainerd International Raceway, marking his 19th start among the top four in 25 starts at this track, as he goes for a record fifth Pro Stock win in his home state.
"We had a plan coming into this race as to what we needed to do, but needed fresh equipment to do it. Fortunately, with a week off between our last race in Sonoma and this event, we were able to freshen things to the point that we could lean on them a little harder with more consistent results. The dyno had told us that it should pick up about a hundredth, which it did, and we had the benefit of a consistent racetrack so we could make the appropriate tune-up changes to our GM Performance Parts GTO.
"Although we're certainly pleased with that final run, we actually left about a hundredth on the table, because we wandered a bit between the 30 foot and 300 foot marks. Had we kept it a little straighter, we might have dipped into the 6.74-second range. But we're not going to get greedy -- we'll take what we have and work with it.
"It will be good to have lane choice for the first round, because the left lane appears to be slightly better for the Pro Stock Cars. However, we'll have to see what kind of a track the Fuel Cars will leave us after the first round, and tune our car accordingly."