JOHNSON JR. HOPES TO CONTINUE MOVE UPWARD AT DALLAS ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 18, 2006) Last season, Tommy Johnson, Jr. drove his Don "the Snake" Prudhomme-owned Skoal RacingSM Chevy to a career-best sixth place finish in the brutally tough NHRA...
JOHNSON JR. HOPES TO CONTINUE MOVE UPWARD AT DALLAS
ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 18, 2006) Last season, Tommy Johnson, Jr. drove his Don "the Snake" Prudhomme-owned Skoal RacingSM Chevy to a career-best sixth place finish in the brutally tough NHRA Funny Car division. With five races remaining on the 2006 NHRA schedule, Johnson again has the special edition Skoal Racing flopper ranked sixth in t! he Funny Car standings. That means there is work to be done for Johnson and his Mike Green-led race crew, the only single-car team currently ranked POWERade top 10.
The drag racing road ahead brings the Skoal Racing/Lucas Oil-backed crew to the ultra quick all-concrete quarter mile at Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas near Dallas for the 21st annual O'Reilly Fall Nationals, Sept. 21-24.
"I'm looking forward to a strong performance this weekend," Johnson said. "We're shooting for a top five position and we have a top five race car. We know we can win races because we've done it twice this year. If we can put it together like we did at Brainerd (Minn.), I think we can get a few more wins. Dallas is a track I feel we can do well at with our tune-up."
Last fall, Johnson clocked his quickest and fastest pass at the Dallas-area drag strip, and he'll need more of those 4.7-second elapsed times from the silver-and-blue Monte Carlo if he is to make a charge towards another career-best finish. Having notched two victories and recorded the quickest pass of his career (4.672 seconds), Johnson has proven that the Skoal Racing car has the capabilities to compete with the two, three and four-car racing factions.
"The (Texas) Motorplex was the first super track, so we always look forward to going to Dallas," Johnson said. "It's one track that you don't have to worry about slipping and sliding on, and a track that always sees superior ETs. As a driver, it's a tricky track to drive by keeping the race car in the groove, but you don't have to worry about the tires coming loose. With the surface, the cars usually hook up pretty well."
Entering the race just 60 points from fifth position, the Skoal Racing team hopes the Green-tuned Chevy hooks up four times on Sunday afternoon at Dallas.