-- The Professor takes his sixth NHRA Winston Pro Stock championship at Pomona today in the season finale. Once Johnson won the first round, he had to see if his nearest competitor Jim Yates would continue to on for the challenge. Yates lost in the quarterfinals.

Previously, Johnson won the NHRA Winston title for Pro Stock in '92, '93, '95, '98 and '99. "I don't ever want to make it more dramatic than this," said Johnson. "The close racing is great entertainment for the fans, but hard on us. We have to work harder to maintain our competitive edge."

And competitive edge is why Johnson is known as the "Professor of Pro Stock". He takes an approach that involves engineering, aerodynamics and analysis. Johnson has 87 career victories making him the overall leader for NHRA in Pro Stock victories.

"Kurt [Johnson's son] has been an integral part of the program since he could hold a wrench," commented the "Professor". "He and his guys assemble the short blocks and dyno test the engines. We have a few more people and a lot more equipment than most Pro Stock teams, so we can develop new parts quickly and efficiently."