Columbus: Warren Johnson final summary

WJ Reaches the Second Round in Columbus After being honored as the event's Grand Marshal during pre-race ceremonies, Warren Johnson looked to double his winnings by taking home the Pro Stock title during Sunday's final eliminations of ...

WJ Reaches the Second Round in Columbus

After being honored as the event's Grand Marshal during pre-race ceremonies, Warren Johnson looked to double his winnings by taking home the Pro Stock title during Sunday's final eliminations of the Pontiac Performance Nationals in Columbus, Ohio.

Starting from the No. 1 position for the 134th time in his career, Johnson opened in fine fashion, recording the quickest pass of the first round in his GM Performance Parts Pontiac at 6.736-seconds to defeat Allen Johnson. This set the stage for a quarter-final encounter with rival Greg Anderson.

Although the two cars left the starting line close together and seemed evenly matched in the early stages, Johnson's pace was slowed by unexpected tire spin midway through the run, resulting in a 6.774-second elapsed time, which allowed his opponent to narrowly edge by at the finish line.

Despite the premature ending to his day, Johnson was encouraged by being able to leave National Trail Raceway with the POWERade Championship points lead. In addition, his 6.723-second elapsed time and 205.13 mph top speed were the best in the Pro Stock category for the weekend, marking the 138th time he has posted the low elapsed time and 201st top speed of the meet in his illustrious career. Therefore, the veteran team will head to Topeka ready to regain their winning stride.

"We made a few adjustments to our GM Performance Parts Pontiac this morning, and had a really good run in the first round. Since the weather was the same for the second round, from the track temperature to the air density rating, we didn't make a lot of changes for the second round.

"We were as quick as anyone to the 330-foot mark, but it got loose in the middle and spun the tires, which slowed us down just enough. In actuality, everyone slowed down in that round, unfortunately we just slowed down a little more.

"We'll analyze the data, figure out what went wrong, fix it and go on to Topeka. We're driving back to the shop tonight to get a head start on getting ready. The weekend was not a total loss by any means. We did get the car to go straighter than it has been in the first 330 feet, and consequently our sixty-foot times have been plummeting. We keep gaining on it every week, so it should only get better from here."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Warren Johnson , Greg Anderson , Allen Johnson