Johnson's 4.98 tops Skoal Racing test runs at Phoenix

Skoal Racing Camaros make progess on new tune-ups during preseason test sessions CHANDLER, Ariz., Jan. 20, 2002 - The Egyptian Pyramids weren't built in three days and neither were the 2002 tune-ups on Don "The Snake" Prudhomme's two Funny Cars...

Skoal Racing Camaros make progess on new tune-ups during preseason test sessions

CHANDLER, Ariz., Jan. 20, 2002 - The Egyptian Pyramids weren't built in three days and neither were the 2002 tune-ups on Don "The Snake" Prudhomme's two Funny Cars during preseason testing at Firebird Raceway.

But crew chiefs Ed "The Ace" McCulloch and Mike Green made progress in fitting the pieces of the new tune-up puzzle together during the test sessions Friday through Sunday. Neither Ron Capps, driving the McCulloch-tuned Green Skoal Racing Camaro, nor Tommy Johnson Jr., at the controls of the Green-tuned Blue Skoal Racing Camaro, completed a full-throttle run.

Johnson's 4.90-second run Sunday was the quickest, and Johnson was off the throttle 200 feet before the finish line. He also ran 4.98 on Saturday. Capps shut off early on the first two Sunday runs when his engine dropped cylinders each time.

Johnson's crew had to rebuild the wiring on the car's electronic system after it was burned off in a freak fire Saturday. A loose fuel line caused the fire that then went into the fuel tank and caused the explosion after his 4.98 run.

"Everything was fine. I was coasting along about 700 feet past the finish line when it suddenly went boom," said Johnson.

McCulloch and Green made key changes to the engine/clutch combination during the winter.

Both cars will continue testing at Firebird today in preparation for the NHRA Powerade Drag Racing Series opener at Pomona, Calif., Feb. 7-10.

-sr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Ron Capps , Tommy Johnson Jr.