Brainerd: Warren Johnson eliminations summary

Warren Johnson's Brainerd homecoming ends prematurely Warren Johnson hoped to make his return to his home state a successful one by winning the Lucas Oil Nationals in Brainerd, MN. After qualifying his GM Performance Parts Grand Am sixth for ...

Warren Johnson's Brainerd homecoming ends prematurely

Warren Johnson hoped to make his return to his home state a successful one by winning the Lucas Oil Nationals in Brainerd, MN. After qualifying his GM Performance Parts Grand Am sixth for Sunday's final eliminations, Johnson looked to tame a very tricky Brainerd International Raceway.

However, Johnson's day ended before it even started. Although Johnson outran Larry Morgan in the first round 6.948 to 6.958 seconds, his red-light start awarded the automatic round win to his opponent.

"I really can't explain what happened. In fact, I was surprised when I looked over after putting the car in third gear and saw the win light in the other lane. What's even more puzzling is that when we reviewed the tape, we were able to count a full 25 frames between the red light coming on and the car actually moving. That's the problem with those pesky electrons - you can't trust what you can't see."

"It's unfortunate, because our GM Performance Parts Grand Am was running well. On that particular run, we spun the tires in the middle of the track and gave up a couple hundredths, but that's something we could have fixed by the next round."

"The track seemed to be a little greasy out there, and it had a little bit of a rubber build-up on it, but that's to be expected when the track is so green. Give that racing surface a year, and it will probably be one of the best tracks we run on all season."

"We'll put today behind us, and head to Indy for a day of testing. We have a lot of work to get done before the U.S. Nationals."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Warren Johnson , Larry Morgan