Topeka: Warren Johnson Saturday summary

WJ Will Roll Off 12th in Topeka For the first time in the 2006 POWERade Drag Racing season, the Pro Stock contingent faced consistently high temperatures throughout qualifying for the O'Reilly NHRA Summernationals in Topeka, KS. With ...

WJ Will Roll Off 12th in Topeka

For the first time in the 2006 POWERade Drag Racing season, the Pro Stock contingent faced consistently high temperatures throughout qualifying for the O'Reilly NHRA Summernationals in Topeka, KS. With the blistering temperatures and headwind combining to slow the normally aspirated "factory hot rods", teams struggled to make the most of the conditions and secure a spot in Sunday's final eliminations.

Warren Johnson and the GM Performance Parts GTO Racing team were among those who overcame the oppressive weather conditions, earning the 12th position with their 6.847-second, 202.15 mph pass on Friday evening. Although he fought to find the proper combination during Saturday's attempts, at the conclusion of qualifying, Johnson was already putting together his game plan for race day.

"Although we would have preferred to gather data with today's runs, we have enough information on both our GM Performance Parts GTO in the heat, as well as information on this Topeka track from Friday to give us a good direction for tomorrow.

"Our first two runs certainly weren't picture perfect, but we were able to make some adjustments and improve on our previous effort, even though we left about three hundredths on the table in the evening session.

"We'll look back at our notes and find conditions that are representative, at least atmospherically, to what we expect for tomorrow. We'll take that information, sort through it to see what is applicable and hone in on a combination, doing whatever we can to make it a long day."

-j2r-

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