Columbus: Tommy Johnson Jr Saturday summary

JOHNSON JR. DRIVES TO 10TH QUALIFYING POSITION AT COLUMBUS HEBRON, Ohio (May 21, 2005) -- Tommy Johnson Jr. powered his blue Skoal RacingSM Chevy Funny Car to the 10th qualifying position Saturday at National Trail Raceway following a pass of ...

JOHNSON JR. DRIVES TO 10TH QUALIFYING POSITION AT COLUMBUS

HEBRON, Ohio (May 21, 2005) -- Tommy Johnson Jr. powered his blue Skoal RacingSM Chevy Funny Car to the 10th qualifying position Saturday at National Trail Raceway following a pass of 4.912 seconds at 314.68 mph.

After the six-time NHRA winner and his veteran race team battled a difficult National Trail Raceway quarter mile on Friday, Johnson and his Mike Green-led crew opened the day with Johnson powering his Chevy flopper to a performance of 4.912 seconds at 314.68 mph under the sunny Ohio skies. The 4.912-second effort was good enough to claim the 10th qualifying position. Johnson's Funny Car overpowered the race track on its final qualifying pass.

"We made a good run in the heat of the day," Johnson said. "It wasn't as quite as quick as we had hoped for, but it got us in the show. We tried to improve on the second pass, but we had some excessive clutch-ware that caused us to smoke the tires. I'm confident that we'll hit it on the money on Sunday. My only concern is the weather."

Johnson will face veteran Funny Car driver Cruz Pedregon, who qualified seventh, in the first round of flopper eliminations scheduled for 11 a.m. (ET) on Sunday. Johnson has a 6-2 career mark against C. Pedregon.

-www.snakeracing.com

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tommy Johnson , Cruz Pedregon , Tommy Johnson Jr.