WJ Opens Atlanta Qualifying in Ninth Racers encountered numerous challenges during the first day of qualifying for the Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals in Atlanta, GA. After afternoon showers delayed the start of the day's ...
WJ Opens Atlanta Qualifying in Ninth
Racers encountered numerous challenges during the first day of qualifying for the Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals in Atlanta, GA. After afternoon showers delayed the start of the day's on-track activities by over two hours, the 26 Pro Stock competitors had the crucial nighttime qualifying session interrupted twice by problems with the on-track timing system.
After opening with the quickest legal pass of the afternoon session (Erica Enders' 6.719-second time was disallowed due to inconsistencies with the timing system intervals), Warren Johnson and the GM Performance Parts GTO Racing team looked to maintain their position at the top of the standings in the evening run. However, Johnson instead found himself fighting to maintain control on a wet track, with the resultant 6.745-second, 204.26 mph effort placing him in the ninth position at the qualifying midpoint.
"We certainly had an up and down day. Our first run was a nice, smooth pass, one of the best this GM Performance Parts GTO has run in a while, and put us at the top of the chart. We came back tonight looking to take advantage of the cooler temperatures, but there were rain drops on the windshield when I pulled into the water box.
"I got off to decent start, but the drops increased, and suddenly I hit a slick spot, which shot me towards the wall, and it was everything I could do to stay in it. I spoke with Richie Stevens at the top end afterwards, and he said he had the same thing happen to him right before us.
"Hopefully the weather will cooperate tomorrow, and we can get ourselves higher in the order. Other than that, we're in good shape."