JOHNSON JR. LOOKS FOR SUCCESS AT SITE OF FIRST CAREER NHRA VICTORY KENT, Wash. (July 17, 2006) Nearing two decades behind the wheel of nitromethane-burning Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars, veteran racer Tommy Johnson Jr. has achieved an ...
JOHNSON JR. LOOKS FOR SUCCESS AT SITE OF FIRST CAREER NHRA VICTORY
KENT, Wash. (July 17, 2006) Nearing two decades behind the wheel of nitromethane-burning Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars, veteran racer Tommy Johnson Jr. has achieved an impressive list of accomplishments that many racers would yearn for. One of the few achievements that the Iowa native has yet to reach is that of being an NHRA champion.
Johnson has proven to be one of the most versatile drivers in the high-speed sport of NHRA drag racing, but his breakthrough event came 13 years ago when the then up-and-coming racer powered to victory over Cory McClenthan to score his first career professional victory at the former Seattle International Raceway in Kent, Wash. In the past decade the seven-time NHRA winner has added to his resume with accomplishments like being just one of five drivers to have entered both the coveted four-second and 300-mph clubs. He also is just one of 13 drivers in the history of the sport, along with team owner Don "the Snake" Prudhomme, who have captured wins in both nitro categories, Top Fuel and Funny Car.
The 38-year-old nitro pilot has already reached the winner's circle this season (Phoenix). In June he carded the third quickest Funny Car pass in NHRA history (4.672 seconds). As the NHRA's annual summer Western Swing heads to the Pacific Northwest for the 19th annual Schuck's Auto Supply Nationals, July 21-23, at Pacific Raceways, Johnson looks to improve upon his semifinal effort at the Seattle race one season ago and add a second Seattle victory to his resume as he looks to vault his Skoal RacingSM Chevy into title content! ion.
"I have a lot of fond memories from Seattle after getting my first win in Top Fuel there in 1993," Johnson said. "We went to the semis there last year and I think that kind of turned our season around in the middle of the year. I'm looking forward to getting back to Pacific Raceways. It's a pretty facility with all the trees and you're likely to see some good performance numbers. Hopefully, we can get back some of that winning magic of 1993."
After advancing to the semifinals for the third straight race at the Denver race last weekend, Johnson and his Mike Green-led Skoal Racing team have proven they're indeed one of the cars to beat in the tough NHRA Funny Car wars. Entering the race less than two rounds of competition (37 points) behind third place driver Robert Hight, Johnson is poised for another trip to the Seattle winner's circle and more important, a higher ranking in the points chase.