Commerce: Warren Johnson Saturday summary

Warren Johnson completed a solid qualifying effort on Saturday at the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in Atlanta, Georgia. In each of his first three attempts, Johnson's GM Performance Parts Grand Am bettered its previous effort, with his ...

Warren Johnson completed a solid qualifying effort on Saturday at the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in Atlanta, Georgia. In each of his first three attempts, Johnson's GM Performance Parts Grand Am bettered its previous effort, with his quickest pass of 6.828 seconds with a top speed of 203.12 mph on Saturday morning placing the Georgia driver in the ninth position for Sunday's final eliminations.

Although a problem in the transmission prevented "The Professor" from further improving his standing on his final attempt, the early performance indicators had him confident of repeating his winning effort in Atlanta a year ago.

"We're certainly headed in the right direction. We've gone over our runs for the weekend, and considering the various factors, we've averaged being the fourth quickest. That's much better than the 12th or 13th we averaged at the last race, so our testing in South Carolina last week paid off.

"We broke a slider in fifth gear on our last run, but the incremental numbers up to the eighth mile, just before it let go, indicate that it was actually a pretty good run, probably around 6.82, which would have been very good for that session. The entire GM Performance Parts Grand Am team is pretty optimistic heading into tomorrow."

-j2r-

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