Joliet II: Warren Johnson Saturday summary

WJ Will Start Eighth in Joliet Qualifying for the Ameriquest Mortgage NHRA Nationals featured two days with completely different atmospheric conditions, with Saturday's warmer temperatures precluding any changes in the Pro Stock ...

WJ Will Start Eighth in Joliet

Qualifying for the Ameriquest Mortgage NHRA Nationals featured two days with completely different atmospheric conditions, with Saturday's warmer temperatures precluding any changes in the Pro Stock starting line-up.

Therefore, having secured the eighth starting position in Sunday's starting field with his 6.684-second, 206.99 mph pass on Friday evening, Warren Johnson and the GM Performance Parts Pontiac Racing team used his final two attempts on Saturday to try new components in his GTO, as well as working on fine-tuning his warm weather tune-up for race day.

"Obviously, we weren't overly pleased with our set-up in the cooler temperatures on Friday, because we qualified eighth. However, we made several changes for today, and made two pretty good runs with set-ups that were quite different. The second pass this afternoon could have been a little quicker, but it got off a little to the left. Otherwise, it should have run about a .69 or a .70 flat.

"We still need track time with this GM Performance Parts GTO, because we haven't any test runs on it, and it's starting to hurt us. Unfortunately, every time we've tried to test in the past with this car it's rained, so we'll be staying here on Monday to make as many runs as we can. However, our first assignment starts with the first round tomorrow, and we'll use what we learned today. It's certainly not our favorite starting spot, but we should be in good shape."

-j2r

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