Pomona II: Tommy Johnson Jr Friday summary

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 12, 2004) - After making two qualifying passes on the historic Pomona Raceway quarter mile, Tommy Johnson Jr. and his blue Skoal Racing team are sixth in the Funny Car order as the five-time NHRA winner powered to a pass of ...

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 12, 2004) - After making two qualifying passes on the historic Pomona Raceway quarter mile, Tommy Johnson Jr. and his blue Skoal Racing team are sixth in the Funny Car order as the five-time NHRA winner powered to a pass of 4.777 seconds at 323.37 mph on Thursday afternoon at Pomona.

Johnson opened qualifying at the Southern California drag strip with the 4.777, 323.37 effort giving crew chief Mike Green the luxury to get aggressive with the tune-up on Friday after posting a solid position in the 16-car Funny Car field. Johnson's Chevy flopper overpowered the track on Friday's only qualifying attempt and slowed to a performance of 9.412 seconds at 83.40 mph. Johnson's 4.777, 323.37 pass places him sixth out of the 26 cars attempting to make the show for Sunday's final eliminations.

"We had a malfunction in the ignition that caused the car to be too aggressive and shake the tires," Johnson said. "That's why you want to make a good pass on your first run like we did yesterday. The car was on a good pass. I'm confident that we can go better than the 4.77 we ran on Thursday."

Johnson and the blue Skoal Racing crew aim to move near the top of the Funny Car order when qualifying continues Saturday at Pomona Raceway with sessions scheduled for noon and 3 p.m. (PT).

-www.snakeracing.com

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tommy Johnson , Tommy Johnson Jr.