JOHNSON JR. LOOKS TO BUILD UPON CAREER-BEST PERFORMANCE WITH LARGE CHEERING SECTION ON HAND AT E-TOWN ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 12, 2006) Tommy Johnson Jr. and his Don "the Snake" Prudhomme-owned Skoal RacingSM Funny Car set the NHRA drag racing...
JOHNSON JR. LOOKS TO BUILD UPON CAREER-BEST PERFORMANCE WITH LARGE CHEERING SECTION ON HAND AT E-TOWN
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 12, 2006) Tommy Johnson Jr. and his Don "the Snake" Prudhomme-owned Skoal RacingSM Funny Car set the NHRA drag racing world afire after the seven-time NHRA winner lit the Route 6! 6 Raceway scoreboard with a 4.672-second elapsed time during qualifying last weekend at the record-setting Illinois drag strip. The Iowa native went on to claim his first No. 1 qualifying position of the 2006 season. It was the sixth such achievement of his career and second since joining the Snake Racing camp in 2001. The third quickest Funny Car pass in NHRA history also held up for low elapsed time of the meet, the seventh time Johnson has captured such honors.
As the series heads to the historic quarter mile at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., June 15-18, for the 37th annual K&N Filters Supernationals, the veteran nitro racer wants nothing more than another solid weekend of strong, consistent performances from his Chevy flopper as he aims to impress at his sponsor's home race. Now in his sixth season behind the wheel of Prudhomme's Skoal Racing Chevy, Johnson hopes his new Murf McKinney chassis will help him capture four win lights in front of his sizeable cheering section comprised of the many folks from U.S. Smokeless Toba! cco Company's (USSTC) corporate headquarters in nearby Greenwich, Conn.
"You always want to go out and run well in front of your sponsor," Johnson said. "Englishtown (N.J.) is the home race for all the folks from USSTC and we have a lot of momentum coming into the race after the 4.67 last weekend at Joliet (Ill.). It would be nice to have a strong weekend in front of the people from USSTC that will be there rooting us on. I hope we can get another No. 1 qualifier and some more points towards the Skoal Showdown. The car is running really well, so there's a good shot at it."
Johnson, who won the NHRA race at Phoenix in February, is riding high after his career-best launch, and with plenty of confidence in his Mike Green-led race team, along with a new chassis ready to make its national event debut, the former Top Fuel driver enjoys his role as driver of one of the elite cars in drag racing's most competitive division.
"We've got a really good race car," Johnson said. "We're really competitive and this Funny Car class is as competitive as I've ever seen it, so it's nice to have one of the cars to beat right now. I'm excited to come into Englishtown with a new chassis. That usually helps the performance of the race car, so hopefully we can continue to post some solid numbers."
Improving on that 4.672-second pass might be a tall order, but with a strong showing at Raceway Park, Johnson could easily find himself back in the top five of the Funny Car standings with his sights set on a constant climb towards the top.