Las Vegas: Tommy Johnson Jr Friday summary

JOHNSON JR. POWERS TO NO. 5 SPOT FRIDAY AT THE STRIP LAS VEGAS (April 15, 2005) -- Tommy Johnson's goal entering the first Las Vegas event of 2005was to redeem himself following last April's DNQ at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The ...

JOHNSON JR. POWERS TO NO. 5 SPOT FRIDAY AT THE STRIP

LAS VEGAS (April 15, 2005) -- Tommy Johnson's goal entering the first Las Vegas event of 2005was to redeem himself following last April's DNQ at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The six-time NHRA winner and Don Prudhomme's Skoal RacingSM Funny Car team took a step in that direction Friday by racing to the fifth qualifying spot.

Johnson, who enters the fifth race on the 2005 NHRA schedule in fourth place in the Funny Car standings, used a tune-up from veteran tuner Mike Green to power his Chevy flopper to a performance of 4.813-seconds at 317.89-mph under the lights at the Bruton Smith-owned facility to place him fifth in the Funny Car field.

"It's a shame that it wasn't a perfect run because we'd be low (elapsed time)," Johnson said. "With the hot temperatures here this weekend, I'm happy to be fifth and in the show for Sunday. It takes a lot of pressure off of the team to be in the top half of the field. We've continued to concentrate on qualifying and it's paying off for the Skoal Racing guys."

Johnson and the Skoal Racing team will focus on a race day setup when qualifying resumes at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. (PT) Saturday afternoon on what is expected to be a hot, sunny LVMS quarter mile. Johnson won the Summitracing.com Nationals four seasons ago.

"Saturday will be really important, butin a different way," Johnson said. "We'll have to work on our race day setup for Sunday. If you can put together two good runs on Saturday, you'll be looking good come Sunday. I'm happy with fifth, but I'll be really happy with two good runs in the heat on Saturday."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tommy Johnson , Don Prudhomme