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WJ Qualifies 15th in Atlanta GM Performance Parts GTO racer Warren Johnson used a 6.690-second, 206.80 mph pass made on his second attempt to qualify 15th for Sunday's final eliminations of the Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals ...

WJ Qualifies 15th in Atlanta

GM Performance Parts GTO racer Warren Johnson used a 6.690-second, 206.80 mph pass made on his second attempt to qualify 15th for Sunday's final eliminations of the Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals in Atlanta, GA.

After spending two days in Alabama for his induction into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame earlier in the week, Johnson had to quickly get his mind back into the game upon his return to Atlanta Dragway, as 28 Pro Stock cars were vying for one of sixteen starting spots. In addition, the combination of the warmest temperatures encountered so far this season and a tricky racing surface had teams scrambling to find the right tune-up.

Although pleased to have overcome these challenges and secured a spot for race day, at the conclusion of qualifying Johnson immediately started reviewing his extensive notes looking for ways to improve his performance even further.

"We had hoped to test before coming to this race, but weren't able to fit it into our schedule, and, as a result, came here with some unanswered questions about our tune-up. Although we're certainly happy to be in the show, we're not satisfied with our starting position or the runs we made in qualifying, so we know we have some work to do.

"For tomorrow, we'll make the best of what we have. Unfortunately, our notes from test sessions here will be of limited value since the surface preparation at a national event is so different from what we test on. Therefore I'll take a look at the tuning notes for runs we have made on tracks like Atlanta under conditions similar to what we expect for tomorrow, come up with a game plan for our GM Performance Parts GTO, and go from there."

-credit: j2r

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