The Professor Sees a Rerun in the Las Vegas Quarterfinals Sunday's final eliminations of the SummitRacing.com Nationals in Las Vegas, NV proved to be a case of dejÃ vu for Pro Stock legend Warren Johnson and his GM Performance Parts GXP Racing...
The Professor Sees a Rerun in the Las Vegas Quarterfinals
Sunday's final eliminations of the SummitRacing.com Nationals in Las Vegas, NV proved to be a case of dejà vu for Pro Stock legend Warren Johnson and his GM Performance Parts GXP Racing team. Starting from the sixth position, his day got off to a good start, as he used a solid 6.811-second, 203.98 mph pass to eliminate Justin Humphreys.
However, in a repeat of the second round in Houston two weeks ago, the Johnson-led crew squared off against a familiar opponent, their teammate and Warren's son, Kurt, who had posted the quickest elapsed time of the first round. Relegated to the less-preferred right hand lane, WJ knew he would need every advantage in order to advance, and left the line two hundredths of a second ahead.
Unfortunately, any chances of his scoring the upset quickly dissipated, as his mount was slowed by teeth-jarring tire shake, forcing him to shut off and allow the junior member of the family to move into the semifinals.
"I believe Kurt and I have mastered the art of facing each other in the second round. What we need to do now is work on meeting in the semifinals, then working our way to racing each other in the finals. Only then will we be happy campers. Of course, it could have been worse -- we could have met in the first round.
"Actually, we were really good in low gear against Kurt, looking pretty sporty for about eight tenths of a second. It was just trembling the right tire, and I thought we would get away with it, but when I put it in second gear, all hell broke loose. It was just a case of lane choice playing a deciding role, as the majority of the cars in the first two rounds had issues in the right lane.
"In reality, our GM Performance Parts GXP is pretty good. We have some changes we want to make that we had considered doing here, but, based on the limited experience we have with this car, we didn't want to make too many adjustments so we would keep heading in the right direction. Between now and Atlanta, we'll have to do some testing, learning more about what this car wants and trying other things we believe could give us a performance gain. The only way we're going to get better is practice, practice, practice, and that's what we're going to do."