THE WARREN REPORT: O'REILLY FALL NATIONALS Warren Wins Fifth Championship on Record-Setting Weekend DALLAS - Warren Johnson wrapped up his fifth career NHRA Winston Pro Stock championship today with a dominant performance in Dallas at the ...
THE WARREN REPORT: O'REILLY FALL NATIONALS Warren Wins Fifth Championship on Record-Setting Weekend
DALLAS - Warren Johnson wrapped up his fifth career NHRA Winston Pro Stock championship today with a dominant performance in Dallas at the O'Reilly Fall Nationals. W.J. did it all at the Texas Motorplex: He qualified No. 1 for the 15th time this season, set the national elapsed time and top speed records, and scored his seventh win of the season with a final-round victory over Jim Yates.
"It's been tougher and tougher all year long. I'm happy for our team and happy for our sponsors, and most of all for the fans - I appreciate them all," said Johnson as he accepted the $125,000 championship bonus from Winston.
Warren was relentless in Dallas, recording the quickest and fastest run in Pro Stock history with a 6.822-second elapsed time at 202.33 mph - marks that established the national records. Johnson's GM Goodwrench Service Plus Pontiac topped 200 mph seven times this weekend, including three 201 mph runs and one 202 mph pass in eliminations. Johnson tallied his third straight victory at the Texas supertrack and posted his 79th career win.
W.J. defeated Mike Edwards, Allen Johnson, and Troy Coughlin to advance to his 122nd career final round. "I had Edwards first round, and he's the consummate holeshot artist," W.J. recalled. "Once I got by that round I felt we had a good chance of winning.
"My car was awesome on the final run," Warren reported. "I stuck it in second gear and it just hiked up the front end and marched right to the finish line.
"The whole team worked so hard all year long," Johnson declared. "We wore out our dyno; it runs seven days a week back at the shop. The dedication of my guys is the reason we're successful.
"I'll enjoy the championship for about half an hour - and then I have to get back to work!" Johnson joked. He'll test this week in Texas in preparation for the Matco Tools SuperNationals, the series' penultimate race next weekend in Houston.
WARREN JOHNSON RACE RESULTS: Qualifying: Warren Johnson qualified No. 1 at 6.822/202.33 Eliminations: First Round: Warren Johnson (6.860/201.16) defeated Mike Edwards (6.899/199.20) Second Round: Warren Johnson (6.854/201.47) defeated Allen Johnson (6.913/198.54) Semi-Final Round: Warren Johnson (6.858/202.11) defeated Troy Coughlin (6.870/200.71) Final Round: Warren Johnson (6.842/201.74) defeated Jim Yates (6.892/199.24)
Low ET: Warren Johnson, 6.822 seconds (national record) Top Speed: Warren Johnson, 202.33 mph (national record)
POINTS RACE: (After 20 of 22 events) Driver Wins Points 1. Warren Johnson 7 1,650 2. Kurt Johnson 3 1,367 3. Jeg Coughlin, Jr. 4 1,273 4. Jim Yates 2 1,181 5. Richie Stevens 1 1,036
NEXT RACE: Matco Tools SuperNationals, October 28-31, Houston, Texas TV: ESPN2, Oct. 31, 8:00-9:00 p.m. Eastern