Johnson Jr. eyes Return To Maple Grove Raceway Winner's Circle After Successful Test at Reading, Pa. Track MOHNTON, Pa. (Oct. 4, 2004) - Tommy Johnson Jr. is one of 13 NHRA drivers to have claimed victories in both the Top Fuel and Funny Car...
Johnson Jr. eyes Return To Maple Grove Raceway Winner's Circle After Successful Test at Reading, Pa. Track
MOHNTON, Pa. (Oct. 4, 2004) - Tommy Johnson Jr. is one of 13 NHRA drivers to have claimed victories in both the Top Fuel and Funny Car categories. Johnson's teammate Ron Capps and car owner Don "The Snake" Prudhomme also are members of the illustrious club. Johnson joined the group in 1999 when he powered his Pontiac Funny Car to the win at Maple Grove Raceway to earn his third-career NHRA victory and become the 12th member of the Top Fuel-Funny Car win club.
After the 20th running of the Lucas Oil Nationals was postponed on Sept. 18 as the remnants of Hurricane Ivan blanketed the area with downpours, Johnson and the blue Skoal RacingSM crew spent Sunday at Maple Grove Raceway testing their Chevy flopper. The test session should help Johnson put in a solid qualifying effort and round wins when the NHRA tour returns to Eastern Pennsylvania, Oct. 8-10, to complete the race at the quick and fast Maple Grove quarter-mile strip. Johnson made three passes that Sunday and recorded low E.T. of the test session at 5.03 seconds.
"I think we'll be ahead of the game since we tested on Sunday after the race was postponed," Johnson said. "We know what the track is like because we made three passes that Sunday. There is a bump in the right lane and we know how to deal with that to get down the track. It will be a lot faster than it was when we were there in September because the temperatures will be in the 60s.
"It's a little rough because we were on a swing of three races in a row, and now we have four-straight weeks on the road because of the rainout. That makes it a little tougher on everybody, but there's not too many races left this season and I enjoy being at the track."
Johnson hopes his return to Maple Grove Raceway is as enjoyable as his visit to the Eastern Pennsylvania track was five years back and he can again leave with a "Wally" trophy in his possession.
Tommy Johnson's Reading Memory
"I won at Reading back in 1999. It was my first Funny Car win, so it would be nice to go back there to get back on the winning track. I actually beat Ron (Capps) in the final before we were teammates."