"The Turnaround Starts Now!" -- Steve Johnson On Competing At Englishtown ENGLISHTOWN, NJ 6/18/08 It's been a frustrating season for Snap-on Tools Suzuki Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Steve Johnson of Irondale, AL. There have been a few highs,...
"The Turnaround Starts Now!" -- Steve Johnson On Competing At Englishtown
ENGLISHTOWN, NJ 6/18/08 It's been a frustrating season for Snap-on Tools Suzuki Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Steve Johnson of Irondale, AL. There have been a few highs, such as his six second elapsed time carded in the first round of eliminations of the O'Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals in St. Louis, but far too many first round losses.
"We can't wait to turn this thing around," Johnson admitted as his team set up their pit area at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ for this coming weekend's Lucas Oil Supernationals. "Simply put, the turnaround starts now. If it doesn't, we're going to have a hard time making it into this year's Countdown program, and that just can't happen.
"I can't begin to tell you how frustrating it is for us to know that we have thousands of fans, and we've been disappointing them at the races. Away from the track it's another story entirely. We've made more personal appearances in front of middle- and high-school students on behalf of both Snap-on Tools and WyoTech Technical Schools than ever before, and that means a lot to me. If we can successfully demonstrate to those young people how important it is in today's world to be able to tackle intense, technical jobs, than in a lot of ways what we're doing may be actually more important than what we do on the track.
"I'm not for a single second downplaying the importance of competing on the NHRA POWERade Series circuit, because everyone knows I'm all about winning. But there's also life beyond the finish line, if you know what I mean, and while racing as a professional is a wonderful goal, it's like shooting hoops in your backyard and thinking you're going to be on the Lakers or Celtics in five years. It's just not gonna happen. That's why it's so important to be prepared for a realistic future, one that includes a good job and a chance for real advancement.
"In a lot of ways all of those personal appearances tie in with our racing efforts, because 'success' in one naturally leads to 'success' in the other.
"This is the weekend when we're determined to improve our qualifying efforts, and our performances during eliminations."