JOHNSON JR. RACES TO SECOND-ROUND PERFORMANCE AT HOUSTON BAYTOWN, Texas (April 10, 2005) -- Tommy Johnson Jr., who won the season-opening Winternationals in February, drove his Don Prudhomme-owned Skoal RacingSM Chevy Funny Car to a second-round...
JOHNSON JR. RACES TO SECOND-ROUND PERFORMANCE AT HOUSTON
BAYTOWN, Texas (April 10, 2005) -- Tommy Johnson Jr., who won the season-opening Winternationals in February, drove his Don Prudhomme-owned Skoal RacingSM Chevy Funny Car to a second-round finish Sunday at Houston Raceway Park.
The six-time NHRA winner qualified his Skoal Racing Chevy in the No. 8 position with a 4.852-second pass on Friday evening under the lights at H.R.P. Johnson used a better reaction time and clocked a run of 4.906 seconds at 313.88 mph behind the wheel of his Chevy flopper to score the wire-to-wire round win over No. 9 qualifier Jeff Arend in the first round of Funny Car. It was the second consecutive event where Johnson and Arend met in the opening round of eliminations.
In the second round, Johnson and his Skoal Racing crew were pitted against No. 1 qualifier and 2005 NHRA Rookie of the Year contender Robert Hight. Johnson used a stout .057 reaction time to stake his Chevy to the early lead before Hight drove around to earn the trip to the semifinals, using the second quickest run of round two to score the win.
"We got back on track and got over that first-round jinx," Johnson said. "We chased some things this weekend, but it wasn't bad. We just got outrun in that race. We stepped up the performance of the race car, but it wasn't enough. We're considerably better than we were last season. Now, I'm excited heading into each event and Las Vegas is my favorite race."
The next NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event is the Sixth annual Summitracing.com Nationals, April 14-17, at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Johnson won the spring Las Vegas event in 2001. It was his first victory as a member of Don Prudhomme Racing