Reading: Tommy Johnson Jr Friday summary

MOHNTON, Pa. (Oct. 8, 2004) - Tommy Johnson Jr. raced his blue Skoal RacingSM Chevy Monte Carlo to the No. 11 qualifying position Friday at Maple Grove Raceway after powering to a run of 4.908 seconds at 308.71 mph. The Iowa native made two...

MOHNTON, Pa. (Oct. 8, 2004) - Tommy Johnson Jr. raced his blue Skoal RacingSM Chevy Monte Carlo to the No. 11 qualifying position Friday at Maple Grove Raceway after powering to a run of 4.908 seconds at 308.71 mph.

The Iowa native made two solid passes on Friday to position himself in the 16-car field for Sunday's final eliminations. Johnson opened qualifying by driving his Don Prudhomme-owned Chevy flopper to a performance of 4.996 at 297.75. Later in the afternoon, Johnson used a tune-up from crew chief Mike Green to stop the clocks in 4.908 seconds at 308.71 mph to claim the No. 11 qualifying position. There are 18 cars attempting to make the cut this weekend at Maple Grove Raceway.

"I feel like we should have made a better run," Johnson said. "I'm happy that we're in the field. I'm confident that we can improve tomorrow. I think the conditions will be right to step up."

Johnson and the blue Skoal Racing crew look to move into the top half of the Funny Car order when qualifying resumes Saturday with sessions at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. (ET) at the Eastern Pennsylvania drag strip. Johnson won the Reading race in 1999.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tommy Johnson , Don Prudhomme , Tommy Johnson Jr.