Topeka: Tommy Johnson Jr Friday summary

JOHNSON JR. RACES TO THIRD QUALIFYING SPOT FRIDAY AT HEARTLAND PARK TOPEKA, Kan. (May 27, 2005) -- Tommy Johnson Jr. blasted his Skoal Racing Chevy to the third quickest Funny Car elapsed time Friday at Heartland Park Topeka after the Iowa...

JOHNSON JR. RACES TO THIRD QUALIFYING SPOT FRIDAY AT HEARTLAND PARK

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 27, 2005) -- Tommy Johnson Jr. blasted his Skoal Racing Chevy to the third quickest Funny Car elapsed time Friday at Heartland Park Topeka after the Iowa native powered to a performance of 4.796 seconds at 323.58 mph.

After rain showers delayed the start of qualifying, Johnson's Don Prudhomme-owned Monte Carlo posted solid early incremental numbers before the car overpowered the track and coasted to a run of 5.071 seconds at 255.43. Johnson's Skoal Racing crew made the proper adjustments and the six-time NHRA winner raced to the 4.796, 323.58 pass under the lights at H.P.T. to earn the provisional third qualifying position. Johnson's best qualifying position of the season came earlier this month at Atlanta Dragway where he started from the No. 3 spot.

"We made some tuning changes on the car before this weekend," Johnson said. "It was really nice to see the car come around and run that 4.79 on just the second pass since making the changes. Our goal is to make the car run like it did earlier this season. I'm confident that we can run quicker on Saturday."

Johnson and the Skoal Racing team hope to improve upon Friday's 4.796-second performance when nitro qualifying continues with sessions at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. (CT) on Saturday afternoon at Heartland Park.

-www.snakeracing.com

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tommy Johnson , Tommy Johnson Jr.