Las Vegas II: Tommy Johnson Jr preview

Johnson Jr. and Blue Skoal Racing Team Look For Redemption at Fall Vegas Race LAS VEGAS (Oct. 25, 2004) - Veteran Funny Car pilot Tommy Johnson Jr. and his blue Skoal Racing team are focused on reversing their fortunes of this past April when ...

Johnson Jr. and Blue Skoal Racing Team Look For Redemption at Fall Vegas Race

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 25, 2004) - Veteran Funny Car pilot Tommy Johnson Jr. and his blue Skoal Racing team are focused on reversing their fortunes of this past April when Mother Nature reduced qualifying to just two attempts and the crew posted a disappointing qualifying effort at The Strip.

Johnson returns to the site of his last NHRA victory (April 2001) for the fourth annual ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals, Oct. 28-31, at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, looking to post a solid qualifying effort and advance rounds on race day.

"We have some unfinished business in Las Vegas," Johnson said. "It's my favorite race track and I always seem to do really well there. So, when rain shortened qualifying and we didn't make the field, it was very frustrating. I'm much more confident returning this weekend because the car is running better. I think this is our best chance to turn things around and get a win at Vegas."

After the Reading, Pa. race three weeks ago, the Skoal Racing crew found some problems with the chassis of Johnson's Chevy flopper, so they took the Don Prudhomme-owned race car to chassis builder Murf McKinney's shop in Otterbein, Ind. to re-work the front half of the chassis.

"We found something after Reading," Johnson said. "We have a new front half on the car and I'm really excited about hitting the track. New cars always seem to run better. We've seen how Ron (Capps) has really improved since bringing out a new chassis on the green (Skoal Racing) car."

While Johnson and the Skoal Racing team will toil away at The Strip during the day, the guys can relax at night at the Thomas & Mack Center and watch the best professional bull riding has to offer during the PBR Finals.

"The PBR Finals are going on as well and I think we can rope a few of our cowboys to come out to the track during the day," Johnson said. "I'm pretty sure Ty Murray is going to come out to the race."

Tommy Johnson's Las Vegas Memory

"I had a bet with Melanie (Troxel) that if I won the race in April of 2001 I had to ride The Big Shot on top of the Stratosphere. Well, I won the race, therefore I had to ride The Big Shot even though I'm scared to death of heights. I'd be very glad to win that bet again and ride that thing again Sunday night on Halloween."

-www.snakeracing.com

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tommy Johnson , Don Prudhomme , Tommy Johnson Jr.