THE WARREN REPORT: NHRA CASTROL NATIONALS Warren Johnson GM Goodwrench Service Plus Race Results WARREN WINS IN TEXAS, SCORES 74th CAREER VICTORY DALLAS, April 25, 1999 - On a day when Dale Earnhardt notched his 72nd NASCAR Winston Cup...
THE WARREN REPORT: NHRA CASTROL NATIONALS Warren Johnson GM Goodwrench Service Plus Race Results
WARREN WINS IN TEXAS, SCORES 74th CAREER VICTORY
DALLAS, April 25, 1999 - On a day when Dale Earnhardt notched his 72nd NASCAR Winston Cup victory in Talladega, Pro Stock driver Warren Johnson doubled up for GM Goodwrench Service Plus with his second win of the season and his 74th career victory in the Castrol Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.
Johnson defeated Mike Edwards in the final round, 6.945/198.85 to 7.002/196.72. It was Johnson's fourth victory at the Motorplex. Warren now has the most wins among active NHRA drivers; he is second to Bob Glidden (85 victories) on the all-time winners list.
"We ran our quickest times in the final round, so I guess we made the appropriate changes," said Johnson. "My run in the semi-final round was a disaster, so we figured it could only get better.
"We picked up five hundredths in the final, and it was all in the first 1/8th mile," Warren reported. "It appears that this car has a pretty large window we can operate in, so we can get aggressive now."
The Castrol Nationals was the fourth straight race that the Johnson family has been represented in the final round. Warren closed the gap on his son Kurt in the championship race; he now trails K.J. (who lost to Edwards in the semi-final) by 34 points after five rounds of the 22-race Winston Drag Racing Series.
The father and son team qualified 1-2 for the fourth time this year. Warren put his GM Goodwrench Service Plus Pontiac on the Pro Stock "pole" for the sixth straight race. W.J. covered the quarter-mile in 6.904 seconds at 200.22 mph, setting an event record.
"We hurt our No. 1 motor on Friday, so we went back to 'Old Reliable,'" Warren revealed. "Of course, it's not too bad for a back-up - it won nine races last season!"
One of those victories was at Virginia Motorsports Park, the site of next weekend's Pennzoil Nationals - an event that Johnson has won four straight years.
RACE RESULTS: Qualifying: Warren Johnson qualified No. 1 at 6.904/200.22 mph
Eliminations: Round 1: Warren Johnson (6.970/199.24) defeated John Nobile (7.059/196.03) Round 2: Warren Johnson (6.956/199.33) defeated Richie Stevens (7.006/196.42) Semi-Final: Warren Johnson (6.994/198.89) defeated Rickie Smith (7.040/195.90) Final Round: Warren Johnson (6.945/198.85) defeated Mike Edwards (7.002/196.72)
Low ET: Warren Johnson, 6.904 seconds (event record) Top Speed: Warren Johnson, 200.22 mph (event record)
POINTS RACE: (After 5 of 22 events) Driver Wins Points 1. Kurt Johnson 2 484 2. Warren Johnson 2 450 3. Troy Coughlin 0 298 4. Jim Yates 0 287 5. Jeg Coughlin 1 284
NEXT RACE: Pennzoil Nationals, April 29-May 2, Richmond, Va. TV: TNN, May 9, 12:00-1:30 p.m. Eastern and Pacific - check local listings.