The Professor Tests, Starts Ninth in Bristol After posting a best time of 6.805-seconds with a speed of 202.64 mph in Friday's opening qualifying sessions at the O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, Warren Johnson celebrated his 64th birthday...
The Professor Tests, Starts Ninth in Bristol
After posting a best time of 6.805-seconds with a speed of 202.64 mph in Friday's opening qualifying sessions at the O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, Warren Johnson celebrated his 64th birthday on Saturday with his GM Performance Parts Pontiac GTO Racing team completing their qualifying efforts at Bristol Dragway, capturing the ninth starting position for Sunday's final eliminations.
Confident that his time from Friday would keep him in the field, Johnson uses his two attempts on Saturday to do some high-speed testing. Although slowed by a mechanical failure on his first attempt on Saturday afternoon, WJ came back with a solid 6.820-second, 202.64 mph run in the final qualifying session, gathering valuable information that he hopes to put to good use on race day.
"Although compared to the national debt, today's first run wasn't that expensive, it certainly is in my world. It also deprived us of a test session, so we'll have to rely on what we did on our last run to see what adjustments we need to make to this GM Performance Parts GTO before the first round tomorrow.
"Some may question our decision to try those during a qualifying session, but we were confident our time from Friday wouldn't get bumped out, and being in the middle of this six-race stretch, we have very little time to test. Therefore, we decided now was the time to try a few things, because that's the only way we'll learn. For example, we tried something this afternoon that we had done in the past, and it reacted in similar fashion, being a little unstable in the middle of the track, a condition we'll alleviate by tomorrow morning. Armed with this added information, I expect we'll be right in the thick of things."