Seattle: Warren Johnson Saturday summary

WJ Will Roll Off 10th at Pacific Raceways Warren Johnson completed a solid qualifying effort on Saturday at the Schuck's Auto Supply Nationals in Kent, WA, capturing the 10th starting position for Sunday's final eliminations. In three of...

WJ Will Roll Off 10th at Pacific Raceways

Warren Johnson completed a solid qualifying effort on Saturday at the Schuck's Auto Supply Nationals in Kent, WA, capturing the 10th starting position for Sunday's final eliminations. In three of the four qualifying sessions at Pacific Raceways Johnson's GM Performance Parts GTO was among the best in the highly competitive Pro Stock division.

Although an issue with the fuel system prevented the six-time NHRA champion from taking full advantage of the best conditions of time trials on Saturday morning, he was still able to secure his position in the field with his 6.724-second, 204.66 mph pass. Coming back on his final attempt to make yet another run that was among the five best in the category for the session, "The Professor" was quietly optimistic about his team's chances for race day.

"Overall, even though we're not pleased with the position we ended up in, we're happy with the progress we've made. If you look at the big picture, we've hopefully turned the corner on this thing permanently, which will allow us to be more effective in qualifying and on race day for the rest of the year. Progress being what it is, we just need to file off the sharp corners and we'll be in good shape.

"This GM Performance Parts GTO made four runs down the race track with no issues. Realizing no one was going to improve in that last session, we really got after it, trying to see how ugly we could make it. Even though it rattled the tires a little in third gear because I over sped the engine, it still went down the race track and made a pretty decent run, which was fourth quickest for the session. We're right with the good cars, so now we just have to make the leap so they're trying to keep up with us."

-tmgs

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