THE WARREN REPORT: FRAM ROUTE 66 NATIONALS W.J. Goes All the Way at Route 66 Raceway, Scores 76th Victory JOLIET, Ill. - Warren Johnson took the direct route to the winner's circle today at Route 66 Raceway, scoring his fourth win of the...
THE WARREN REPORT: FRAM ROUTE 66 NATIONALS
W.J. Goes All the Way at Route 66 Raceway, Scores 76th Victory
JOLIET, Ill. - Warren Johnson took the direct route to the winner's circle today at Route 66 Raceway, scoring his fourth win of the season with a final-round victory over Troy Coughlin. With his win at the stadium-style supertrack south of Chicago, W.J. has now won at every track on the NHRA circuit. Johnson notched his 76th career victory today, tying him with Funny Car driver John Force for the most wins among active NHRA drivers. W.J. continues to close in on Bob Glidden's record of 85 career victories. "We may have had a handle on this track, but I feel we could have gone faster," Warren reported. "We always had in the back of our mind that we ran a relatively soft setup last year and it bit us in the final when I lost to Mike Thomas." Warren ran the quickest elapsed time in every round of eliminations, and was the only Pro Stock driver in the sixes today. Running in stifling heat and humidity, W.J. defeated Richie Stevens in the opening round, Jeg Coughlin, Jr. in the second stanza, and Jim Yates in the semi-final round. Troy Coughlin was first off the starting line in the final round, but Warren ran him down with a 6.987 at 198.06 mph to Troy's 7.110 at 196.19 mph. "We changed the transmission ratios after the first round just to settle the car down a little," W.J. explained. "We didn't change anything else. It appeared that Troy's car didn't get down the right lane very successfully, so we didn't want to shoot ourselves in the foot. Steel-toed shoes are hard to walk in after a while." Warren qualified his GM Goodwrench Service Plus Pontiac in the No. 2 spot behind the ACDelco Camaro driven by his son Kurt - the sixth time this season that the Johnsons have qualified 1-2. Warren extended his lead in the championship race to 99 points over his second-ranked son, who lost in the first round after encountering severe tire shake. "Based on our performance today, I think we have a hot weather combination we can be comfortable with," Warren noted. It's likely he'll have to use that combination again next weekend at the Pontiac Excitement Nationals Presented by Summit Racing in Columbus, Ohio.
WARREN JOHNSON RACE RESULTS: Qualifying: Warren Johnson qualified No. 2 at 6.964/198.70
Eliminations: Round 1: Warren Johnson (6.985/198.50) defeated Richie Stevens (7.072/194.55) Round 2: Warren Johnson (6.995/198.09) defeated Jeg Coughlin, Jr. (7.089/197.08) Semi-Final: Warren Johnson (7.010/197.94) defeated Jim Yates (7.073/195.14) Final Round: Warren Johnson (6.987/198.06) defeated Troy Coughlin (7.110/196.19)
Low ET: Kurt Johnson, 6.955 seconds (track record) Top Speed: Warren Johnson, 198.70 mph (track record)
POINTS RACE: (After 9 of 22 events) Driver Wins Points 1. Warren Johnson 4 760 2. Kurt Johnson 2 661 3. Richie Stevens 1 517 4. Jim Yates 0 500 5. Troy Coughlin 0 464
NEXT RACE: Pontiac Excitement Nationals, June 10-13, Columbus, Ohio TV: ABC, June 20, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Eastern and Pacific - check local listings.