Denver: Tommy Johnson Jr. Friday summary

JOHNSON JR. QUALIFIES SECOND FRIDAY AT DENVER MORRISON, Colo. (July 14, 2006) On the first day of qualifying behind the wheel of his striking special edition Skoal RacingSM Chevy Funny Car, veteran nitro pilot Tommy Johnson Jr. drove to the No.

JOHNSON JR. QUALIFIES SECOND FRIDAY AT DENVER

MORRISON, Colo. (July 14, 2006) On the first day of qualifying behind the wheel of his striking special edition Skoal RacingSM Chevy Funny Car, veteran nitro pilot Tommy Johnson Jr. drove to the No. 2 qualifying position Friday at Bandimere Speedway to kick-off qualifying for the 27th annual Mile-High Nationals.

On his opening effort of the weekend, the seven-time NHRA winner's Chevy flopper spun the tires as Johnson coasted to a 6.810-second elapsed time. Johnson then used a tune-up from veteran crew chief Mike Green to blast his newly painted silver-and-blue Skoal Racing Monte Carlo to a performance of 4.907 seconds at 307.37 mph to claim the second qualifying position on a hot day where the adjusted altitude exceeded 9,300-feet.

"It's always tough to run up here at Denver," Johnson said. "We ran pretty good here last year, so we went back to our records from a year ago. We were actually too lean on the first run and it chattered the tires. We gave it some more fuel and a little more tune-up and the weather came to us and we made a nice run. That puts us solidly in the show for Sunday. This certainly isn't a bad way to debut our new special edition Skoal Racing Monte Carlo."

Johnson looks to move to the top spot in the Funny Car order when nitro qualifying continues with sessions scheduled for 3:30 and 6 p.m. (MT) at the scenic Colorado facility. The Iowa native qualified 9th at the Denver race last season.

-www.snakeracing.com

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