Columbus: Warren Johnson Friday summary

WJ Rolls to the No. 1 Position on Friday in Columbus On paper, the first day of qualifying at the Pontiac Performance Nationals seemed to be a routine affair for Warren Johnson and the GM Performance Parts Pontiac Racing Team. Their ...

WJ Rolls to the No. 1 Position on Friday in Columbus

On paper, the first day of qualifying at the Pontiac Performance Nationals seemed to be a routine affair for Warren Johnson and the GM Performance Parts Pontiac Racing Team. Their 6.749-second, 204.48 mph pass in the evening session placed them atop the 26-car Pro Stock field. However, making this accomplishment even more impressive were the trials and tribulations the veteran crew had to overcome in order to determine the set-up that allowed them to make that particular run.

"We had a few problems on our first run that could have had an adverse effect on the evening session. We had a malfunction with the throttle linkage which prevented the second carburetor from fully opening, which was compounded by our not getting any computer data from the run. Therefore, we pretty much had to wing it for our second attempt.

"We actually made a significant amount of changes based on something Kurt (Johnson's son and driver of the ACDelco Cobalt) had done with his car in testing. Considering our predicament, we felt it was a good time to try it, and fortunately, it seems to have worked well enough to place us in the No. 1 position at the moment. Overall, I was pleased. It was a good, straight run, and our sixty foot time was back in the hunt, so I think we're getting this GM Performance Parts Pontiac to where it needs to be."

-j2r-

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