JOHNSON JR. RACES TO NO. 6 SPOT FRIDAY AT E-TOWN ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 17, 2005) -- Tommy Johnson Jr. drove his Don Prudhomme-owned Skoal RacingSM Chevy to the sixth quickest time of the opening day of qualifying Friday at Old Bridge Township...
JOHNSON JR. RACES TO NO. 6 SPOT FRIDAY AT E-TOWN
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 17, 2005) -- Tommy Johnson Jr. drove his Don Prudhomme-owned Skoal RacingSM Chevy to the sixth quickest time of the opening day of qualifying Friday at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park when he powered his Monte Carlo to a pass of 4.811 seconds at 324.20 mph.
Johnson, who enters the 36th annual Englishtown event fourth in the Funny Car standings, opened the day with a solid pass when the six-time NHRA winner used a tune-up from crew chiefs Mike Green and Johnny West to drive his Skoal Racing Monte Carlo to a performance of 4.910 seconds at 307.16, placing him sixth in the flopper order.
On Friday night under the lights at the historic New Jersey track, the veteran driver improved on his opening effort when the Skoal Racing Chevy cruised to a run of 4.811 at 324.20 to remain sixth in the Funny Car order. Johnson's time was the quickest of the cars in the 4.8-second range.
"We made two solid runs in different conditions, I'm very happy with that," Johnson said. "The car went right on down the track on Friday night. It was a nice run. Sure, we would have liked to run a 4.78 and passed those guys, but we're happy with the 4.81. We're solidly in the show and that gives us some room to play on Saturday."
Johnson and the Skoal Racing team aim to improve on their 4.811-second elapsed time when Funny Car qualifying resumes Saturday at Raceway Park with sessions scheduled for 1 and 3:30 p.m. (ET).