FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 4, 1997 Media Contact: Rick Voegelin/408-761-2201 Race Results from NHRA Lone Star Nationals: WARREN JOHNSON WINS IN TEXAS WARREN JOHNSON RACE SUMMARY: QUALIFYING: Warren ...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 4, 1997 Media Contact: Rick Voegelin/408-761-2201
Race Results from NHRA Lone Star Nationals: WARREN JOHNSON WINS IN TEXAS
WARREN JOHNSON RACE SUMMARY:
QUALIFYING: Warren Johnson qualified No. 1 at 6.955/199.42 (new track elapsed time and top speed records, Low E.T. and Top Speed of event)
ELIMINATIONS: Round 1: Warren Johnson (7.00/197) defeated Terry Adams (7.05/196) Round 2: Warren Johnson (7.07/194) defeated Troy Coughlin (7.05/196) Semi-Final: Warren Johnson (7.02/197) defeated Bruce Allen (9.17/100) Final Round: Warren Johnson (6.98/198) defeated Scott Geoffrion (7.04/196)
NOTES AND QUOTES: Warren Johnson scored his second win of the season and his 61st career NHRA victory at the inaugural Lone Star Nationals at the Texas Motorplex. Johnson's GM Performance Parts Pontiac defeated the Mopar Performance Dodge Avenger driven by former teammate Scott Geoffrion in the final round of eliminations, 6.985/198.71 to 7.042/196.31 WJ's 99th career final round appearance cut Jim Yates' lead in the NHRA championship race to 10 points (557 to 547) -- less than one round of competition.
Johnson shattered the Texas Motorplex track records and earned the $3,000 Dupont Automotive Finishes No. 1 Qualifier bonus for the sixth consecutive time this season. WJ's streak of six straight Pro Stock "poles" began in Phoenix and continued in Gainesville, Houston, Atlanta, Richmond, and Dallas. WJ has now qualified No. 1 at the Texas Motorplex seven times in his career (1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, and 1997). Johnson also locked up the No. 1 qualifying spot for this year's Dupont Pro Stock Challenge bonus event to be contested May 17 at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, in Englishtown, New Jersey. Johnson won the $50,000 top prize in the Pro Stock Challenge in 1993 and 1995 and was runner-up in 1989, 1990 and 1996.
Warm temperatures and a cloudless sky created a tricky track surface on race day at the Lone Star Nationals. Johnson slowed from his six-second pace in eliminations, and defeated Troy Coughlin in the second round on a holeshot. The "Professor" then taught his former student Scott Geoffrion a lesson in the final, leaving the starting line first and extending his advantage to a full car length at the finish line.
"It was a real steering wheel contest out there," said Johnson. "Every round was tough because the race track was our biggest enemy -- the groove was extremely narrow. We've got more power than anyone out there, but that was working against us. My car was spinning the tires all the way down the race track."
The NHRA tour will return to Virginia Motorsports Park in Richmond, Va., the site of WJ's barrier-breaking 200mph run, to complete the rain-delayed Pennzoil Nationals on May 10.
PRO STOCK STANDINGS: (after 6 of 22 events; victories in parentheses): 1. Jim Yates (3), 557; 2. Warren Johnson (2), 547; 3. Kurt Johnson, 447; 4. Bruce Allen, 316; 5. Steve Schmidt, 298.
NEXT EVENT: May 10, conclusion of NHRA Pennzoil Nationals, Richmond, Va. (event postponed from April 27 due to rain).
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