Yas Drag Festival, day one report

JOHNSON, JR. OUTDUELS FULLER IN DAY ONE OF YAS DRAG FESTIVAL ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (March 19, 2010) -- Tommy Johnson, Jr. scored two wins Friday evening at Yas Drag Centre behind the wheel of his Yas Marina Circuit Top Fuel dragster ...

JOHNSON, JR. OUTDUELS FULLER IN DAY ONE OF YAS DRAG FESTIVAL

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (March 19, 2010) -- Tommy Johnson, Jr. scored two wins Friday evening at Yas Drag Centre behind the wheel of his Yas Marina Circuit Top Fuel dragster during the Inaugural Yas Drag Festival. Teammate Rod Fuller notched one win light during the three match races in Abu Dhabi. Johnson also posted the quickest elapsed time of the day at 3.899-seconds.

Johnson, a nine-time NHRA winner with wins in both Top Fuel and Funny Car, outraced Fuller on Friday's opening match using a run of 3.917 seconds at 499.17 kph (310.16 mph) to hold off Fuller's lap of 3.988 at 486.78 Johnson's speed was the fastest of the day. Fuller, a seven-time NHRA Top Fuel winner, evened the score during the second race at the spectacular Yas drag strip clocking a run of 3.908 at 497.48 to edge Johnson's 3.938 at 488.27. In the rubber match, Johnson powered to the win with a pass of 3.899 at 496.72, while Fuller's teal and white rail lost traction and slowed to a pass of 4.177 at 488.17. "This is exactly what we came here to do," Johnson said. "We wanted to put on a great show for everyone here at Yas Marina and really show the world what Top Fuel drag racing is all about. It was a great day."

Johnson set both ends of the Yas Drag Centre track records at 3.899 seconds and 499.17 mph. On Saturday, Johnson and Fuller look to clock runs in the 3.8-second range and surpass the magical 500-kph mark. "We made three great side-by-side runs in a country that has never seen Top Fuel racing," Fuller said. "The crowd response was overwhelming. Now, our goal is to go out and break the 500-kph mark on Saturday. It would be so cool if both Tommy (Johnson) and I could put a 500-kph speed on the board on the same run."

The Yas Drag Festival continues on Saturday with the two Yas Marina Circuit Top Fuel dragsters scheduled to make runs at 6:30, 8:30 and 10 p.m.

Run 1 Johnson, Jr. (.065) 3.917 ET, 499.17 KPH def. Fuller (.063) 3.988 ET, 486.78 KPH

Run 2 Fuller (.083) 3.908 ET, 497.48 KPH def. Johnson, Jr. (.060) 3.938 ET, 488.27 KPH

Run 3 Johnson, Jr. (.083) 3.899 ET, 496.72 KPH def. Fuller (.099) 4.177 ET, 488.17 KPH

-source: dsr/ymc

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tommy Johnson , Rod Fuller