Englishtown: Warren Johnson Saturday summary

WJ Slides into the 15th Starting Spot in Englishtown Entering Saturday's final day of qualifying for the NHRA Supernationals in Englishtown, NJ, Warren Johnson and the GM Performance Parts Racing team had their work cut out for them. After ...

WJ Slides into the 15th Starting Spot in Englishtown

Entering Saturday's final day of qualifying for the NHRA Supernationals in Englishtown, NJ, Warren Johnson and the GM Performance Parts Racing team had their work cut out for them. After fighting to get their car hooked up to the track on Friday, they faced the unenviable task of having to race their way into the quickest field in Pro Stock history, which required running quicker than the strong 6.692-second time posted by the provisional 16th place qualifier.

Undaunted, Johnson took advantage of the slightly overcast skies to power his GTO through the quarter-mile in 6.680-seconds with a top speed of 207.24 mph to claim the 15th starting spot for Sunday's final eliminations, becoming the only driver to earn his way into the field on Saturday.

"We tried a few things yesterday that had showed some significant gains on the dyno. On the first run, it blew the tires off, so we figured we had found some extra horsepower, but for some reason it didn't want to move in second gear. As a result, I started looking at the data, both from those runs and our test session from last week in Joliet, and found something that both Kurt and I had somehow overlooked. We incorporated that into today's set-up and picked up the pace this morning."

"After looking at that information, we made some adjustments for this afternoon and our GM Performance Parts GTO was fourth quickest in the session, where the conditions most closely resembled what we will race in tomorrow. We're happy with what we found, but we either have to get bigger shovels or dig deeper to see what we can do with this latest discovery."

-j2r-

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