Baytown: Warren Johnson final summary

WJ Makes Progress, Advances to Houston Quarterfinals Throughout the course of the first three races of the 2007 POWERade Drag Racing season, Warren Johnson and his GM Performance Parts GTO have been working on their race car trying to improve...

WJ Makes Progress, Advances to Houston Quarterfinals

Throughout the course of the first three races of the 2007 POWERade Drag Racing season, Warren Johnson and his GM Performance Parts GTO have been working on their race car trying to improve its overall performance, and these tireless efforts started to pay off during Sunday's rain-delayed final eliminations of the O'Reilly Spring Nationals in Houston, TX.

Starting from the fifth position (his third straight Top Five qualifying performance of the season), Johnson combined a strong .035 reaction time with a solid 6.708-second, 206.13 mph to defeat Tom Hammonds in the opening round and score his first elimination round win of the season. Although he was slowed by severe tire shake in the second round against Jason Line, putting a premature end to his day, Johnson will still leave Houston Raceway Park pleased with his team's continued progress.

"You're only truly happy when you win, but I'd have to say we're pretty satisfied with our performance this weekend. The tire shake in the second round wasn't the car's fault, and although the lane may not have been as good as it could have been, people were also shaking the tires in the good lane, indicating there were several of us who were slightly off in the tune-up.

"However, it was still a good weekend in that we're moving up the food chain. This makes three races that we've qualified in the Top Five, we were finally able to get out of the first round, and we're starting to get lights that we can work with. Our program is coming along nicely, and the little bit that we need to run right up front is there in our GM Performance Parts GTO, and it's up to us to find it in testing, which is what we are planning to do between now and Las Vegas."

-credit: j2r

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Series NHRA
Drivers Warren Johnson , Tom Hammonds , Jason Line