Columbus: Tommy Johnson Jr final summary

JOHNSON JR. DRIVES TO FIRST-ROUND PERFORMANCE AT COLUMBUS HEBRON, Ohio (May 22, 2005) -- Tommy Johnson Jr., a six-time NHRA winner, raced his Skoal RacingSM Chevy Funny Car to a first-round finish Sunday at National Trail Raceway. Johnson, who...

JOHNSON JR. DRIVES TO FIRST-ROUND PERFORMANCE AT COLUMBUS

HEBRON, Ohio (May 22, 2005) -- Tommy Johnson Jr., a six-time NHRA winner, raced his Skoal RacingSM Chevy Funny Car to a first-round finish Sunday at National Trail Raceway.

Johnson, who qualified 10th at the historic Ohio drag strip, used the best reaction time of the first-round of flopper eliminations (.051 of-a-second) to take the early lead over first round opponent Cruz Pedregon. Johnson, who scored the win at the season-opening Winternationals, powered to a run of 4.909 seconds at 304.25 mph, but it wasn't enough to overcome Pedregon's pass of 4.828 at 317.12 mph as the fellow Chevy driver earned the trip to round two.

"It was a tough weekend for us," Johnson said. "We struggled with the combination at this track. We just couldn't find a happy medium. The car was either too aggressive or too soft. On today's run, it was too soft. It's a work in progress, but we'll turn it around. It's a long season, we'll be ok."

Johnson and the Skoal Racing team will test at National Trail Raceway on Monday, before making the trip west on I-70 to Heartland Park Topeka for the 18th annual O'Reilly Summer Nationals, May 26-29.

-www.snakeracing.com

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Drivers Tommy Johnson , Tommy Johnson Jr.