WJ Drives to the Englishtown Quarterfinals After qualifying 15th for Sunday's final eliminations of the NHRA Supernationals in Englishtown, NJ, Warren Johnson and the GM Performance Parts Racing team faced a tall order heading into the first ...
WJ Drives to the Englishtown Quarterfinals
After qualifying 15th for Sunday's final eliminations of the NHRA Supernationals in Englishtown, NJ, Warren Johnson and the GM Performance Parts Racing team faced a tall order heading into the first round. Not only would they square off against former crew member and No. 2 qualifier Greg Anderson, but they would have to do it without lane choice. In addition, their assignment was further complicated by the dramatic change in the weather, with the temperatures soaring well above 90 degrees, which, combined with a significant rise in humidity, required a completely different tune-up for the naturally-aspirated Pro Stock cars.
However, Johnson and his crew were up to the task, as The Professor used a strong .037 reaction time to gain the advantage at the start and never looked back, riding a solid 6.727-second, 205.94 mph to score the holeshot victory over Anderson, who recorded a quicker 6.718-second elapsed time in the losing effort.
Although Johnson came back in the second round with another .035 reaction time and covered the quarter-mile in 6.734-seconds at 205.98 mph, it was not enough to hold off Dave Connolly's 6.724-second, 206.54 mph pass. Despite having the day end prematurely, Johnson was encouraged by the progress his team made over the weekend.
"Although we're never happy if we don't win, we made some significant strides this weekend in getting our engine program put together. We basically took (son) Kurt's tune-up and adjusted it for our car using data we had gathered over the last week, producing the results you saw during the second day of qualifying and today's eliminations."
"After making that 6.68-second run on Saturday morning to get ourselves in the show, we came back in the heat of the afternoon with another 6.68 run, which was fourth quickest for the session."
"Our GM Performance Parts GTO was also competitive in the first round today, and, based on atmospheric conditions, actually picked up two hundredths for the second round, coming within a hundredth of our competitor's time even without lane choice. Unfortunately, Connolly had his best light of the weekend against us, and even though I had a respectable .035 light, the combination just wasn't enough. However, the important part is that we made progress. Looking at the big picture, I believe what we are doing is setting both Kurt and myself for an interesting second half of the season."