JOHNSON JR. BLASTS TO NO. 2 SPOT FRIDAY AT GATEWAY MADISON, Ill. (June 24, 2005) -- Tommy Johnson Jr. scorched the hot Gateway International Raceway drag strip Friday evening when the veteran racer powered his Skoal RacingSM Chevy Monte Carlo to...
JOHNSON JR. BLASTS TO NO. 2 SPOT FRIDAY AT GATEWAY
MADISON, Ill. (June 24, 2005) -- Tommy Johnson Jr. scorched the hot Gateway International Raceway drag strip Friday evening when the veteran racer powered his Skoal RacingSM Chevy Monte Carlo to the No. 2 qualifying spot under the summer lights with a 4.887-second pass.
Johnson's Monte Carlo overpowered the hot Gateway Int'l Raceway quarter mile on Friday's first qualifying attempt and slowed to a run of 6.489 seconds at 140.83 mph. Johnson's flopper was on a solid opening pass until the tires came loose about 500-feet into the run, forcing the veteran driver to coast to the 6.48-second run.
After the sun went down and the temperatures dipped into the mid 80s, the six-time NHRA winner then drove his Mike Green/Johnny West tuned Monte Carlo to the second best flopper pass of the day when the Iowa native stopped the Gateway Int'l Raceway timers in 4.887 seconds at 318.32 mph to place the Skoal Racing Chevy second in the 16-car order.
"I was pleasantly surprised that we ran that well," Johnson said. "As bad as the track was during the first session, I didn't think it would run that good. After our 4.88, I wasn't sure how good of a run it was, but we ended up second. I'm very pleased with that. I'm real happy that we have another night session tomorrow so we can go after the No. 1 spot."
Johnson eyes his first No. 1 qualifying position of the season when qualifying resumes with sessions scheduled for 6 and 9 p.m. (CT) on Saturday evening at the Illinois track. Johnson qualified second last year at the Sears Craftsman Nationals.