Las Vegas: Warren Johnson Friday summary

WJ Rolls to No. 1 Position at Vegas Qualifying Midpoint Coming off their dramatic win five days ago in Houston, Warren Johnson and the GM Performance Parts Pontiac Racing team continued their strong performance during Friday's first day of ...

WJ Rolls to No. 1 Position at Vegas Qualifying Midpoint

Coming off their dramatic win five days ago in Houston, Warren Johnson and the GM Performance Parts Pontiac Racing team continued their strong performance during Friday's first day of qualifying at the NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals. In each of the two sessions, "The Professor" posted the quickest pass to claim the No. 1 position.

After opening with a 6.900-second, 200.00 mph pass, "The Professor" came back in the evening run to cover the Nevada quarter-mile in 6.824 seconds at 201.46 mph to sit atop the 24-car Pro Stock field.

"We made two pretty decent runs today. We got off to an excellent start this afternoon, especially given the fact that we were able to get down it fairly smoothly when there wasn't much of a racetrack, while a lot of other cars were sliding around.

"As for the run tonight, we didn't have any experience with this particular DRCE III under these dry atmospheric conditions, so we played it pretty safe on the tune-up. With the fuel cars having deposited some rubber from the eighth mile on during their first qualifying runs, the surface was fairly decent tonight, especially when it got cooler, and we adjusted to it well. Given the same conditions, we might be able to improve on it slightly, but not that significantly.

"However, with warmer temperatures forecast for tomorrow, we expect conditions to be similar to what we encountered this afternoon. In any case, we'll keep working on our GM Performance Parts Pontiac, fine-tuning and seeing how we can improve it for race day."

-j2r-

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