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Johnson Primed For Wine Country Racing: "We're Ready To Take The Next Step!" IRONDALE, AL 7/21/08 Following an impressive runner-up finish at the NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals in Denver July 13th, Steve Johnson and his Snap-on...

Johnson Primed For Wine Country Racing: "We're Ready To Take The Next Step!"

IRONDALE, AL 7/21/08 Following an impressive runner-up finish at the NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals in Denver July 13th, Steve Johnson and his Snap-on Tools/WyoTech Technical Schools Suzuki are primed and ready for the Fram Autolite Nationals at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Ca. this coming weekend.

In his last two outings Johnson has scored semifinal round and runner-up finishes, which has moved him into 9th place in the NHRA POWERade points standings. If he can maintain or even improve his points position in the four races remaining before the 10 finalists for the Countdown to the Championship are determined he'll make the cut and be eligible for this year's POWERade title. That's the goal of this Irondale, Al. competitor, a 22-year veteran of NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle racing.

"Our team has really come together this year," Johnson said on Monday. "This is the second year we've worked with crew chief Mark Peiser, and it's paying off every week. We're running more consistently now than we have in a while, and I have a lot more confidence going to the starting line right now than I did at the beginning of the season.

"Even though we're running pretty good with our Snap-on Tools Suzuki, we really haven't accomplished anything. We were all excited about being in the final round in Denver, but just being there isn't enough. We want to win, so we've got to take one more giant step to do that. I'm thinking that maybe we can take that step in California's Wine Country this coming weekend. If we do, I'll be looking forward to tasting some of the region's best vintage on Sunday evening!"

Johnson continues to fill his days with personal appearances on behalf of both Snap-on Tools and WyoTech Technical Schools, but the hectic schedule appears to invigorate rather than wear him down. "We're on the go every day of the week, " he admits, "but I wouldn't have it any other way. We have an important message to deliver to today's young people about the future they can make for themselves through education and dedication, and when you get right down to it, that's actually more important than what we accomplish on the track.

"Winning is just the icing on that proverbial cake, and that's what we're looking forward to tasting this coming weekend.

"Hmmmm. Cake and wine. Sounds like a winning combination to me!"

-credit: sjr

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