Memphis: Warren Johnson Saturday summary

WJ Will Start Eighth on Sunday in Memphis The learning process continued for Warren Johnson on Saturday at Memphis Motorsports Park, as he used the second day of qualifying for the O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals to try and get a better handle on...

WJ Will Start Eighth on Sunday in Memphis

The learning process continued for Warren Johnson on Saturday at Memphis Motorsports Park, as he used the second day of qualifying for the O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals to try and get a better handle on his GM Performance Parts GTO hot-weather tune-up. With a heat index of over 120 degrees in the Memphis area, there was little movement in the Pro Stock starting line-up, although Johnson was able to match his best time of the weekend on his final attempt, posting a 6.824-second elapsed time with a top speed of 201.67 mph. This earned WJ the eighth starting position for Sunday's final eliminations.

"Although I'm not satisfied with our performance to this point, I felt much better after comparing our runs to those of our competitors. According to the correction factors we use, we should all be running at least one tenth quicker than we are, so we're not the only team that is struggling under these conditions."

"It's quite reminiscent of what Brainerd and Columbus used to be years ago, where you could not run fast there given the conditions. It had us all scratching our heads. I guess we also have a track adaptation issue here, and whoever comes up with the best cure will be successful."

"Basically, we'll look over all our notes tonight, see what we really know about our GM Performance Parts GTO, and swing for the fences in the first round."

-jk

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