Richmond: Tommy Johnson Jr Saturday rain notes

RAIN HALTS RACING FOR A WEEK AT VIRGINIA MOTORSPORTS PARK RICHMOND, Va., (Oct. 7, 2006) -- For the second time this season rain has forced NHRA officials to postpone a race, forcing Tommy Johnson, Jr. and the Skoal Racingsm Monte Carlo team to...

RAIN HALTS RACING FOR A WEEK AT VIRGINIA MOTORSPORTS PARK

RICHMOND, Va., (Oct. 7, 2006) -- For the second time this season rain has forced NHRA officials to postpone a race, forcing Tommy Johnson, Jr. and the Skoal Racingsm Monte Carlo team to wait another week to compete for the Torco Racing Fuels NHRA Nationals Funny Car win.

Instead of competing on the race track, Johnson and the rest of the series are competing for flights home.

"The biggest deal with a postponement is the travel accommodations," Johnson said. "The biggest advantage we have with this postponement is that we don't have a race between the two attempts like we did with the Reading (Pa.,) rainout a couple of weeks ago. We can leave all the equipment here so it will be ready to go when we come back. But logistically, every rainout is difficult on all of the teams."

The planning to get everyone home and back to Richmond in a week's time will all be worth it, Johnson said, if the teams have the chance to make four qualifying passes before final eliminations begin on Sunday.

"I prefer postponing the event just on the chance that we can come back and have four qualifying runs next weekend," Johnson said. "Mentally it's already a better situation. We haven't been on this race track for so long and especially with all the rain, I think the conditions will be much better if we wait. Having four shots at the race track in qualifying gives you a much better chance on race day. Anything less than that can make it a crap shoot for all of the teams. I would rather us have a better handle on the track and our Skoal Racingsm Monte Carlo and be more prepared to go in and compete for the win."

One of the biggest challenges for Johnson will come next weekend. His wife and fellow race car driver, Melanie Troxel, has been nominated for the Women's Sports Foundation's Sportswoman of the Year award. The award ceremony is in New York on Oct. 16.

"Rainouts always throw things into a whirlwind and you start thinking about all the plans you made for that weekend off," Johnson said. "Now we have to figure out how to get to New York for the awards dinner. We'll figure it all out eventually. I just really hate that we had to postpone the race because fans make plans too. Hopefully all the fans can come back too. We're going to do our best to make it a great event to watch."

The qualifying schedule for the Torco Racing Fuels Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park in Richmond, Va., will remain the same. Qualifying starts Friday with sessions at 3:30 & 6:30 p.m., continuing Saturday at 12:30 & 3:30 p.m. Final eliminations are slated for 11 a.m. on Sunday. All the action can be seen on ESPN2, and the times and dates will be announced soon.

-credit: snake racing

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Drivers Tommy Johnson , Melanie Troxel