Gainesville: Tommy Johnson Jr Saturday summary

Johnson Jr. Qualifies Seventh At Gainesville GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 20, 2004) -- For the second consecutive event, Tommy Johnson Jr. and Don Prudhomme's Skoal RacingSM Chevy Monte Carlo Funny Car will start in the top half of the field.

Johnson Jr. Qualifies Seventh At Gainesville

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 20, 2004) -- For the second consecutive event, Tommy Johnson Jr. and Don Prudhomme's Skoal RacingSM Chevy Monte Carlo Funny Car will start in the top half of the field. Johnson powered his Mike Green-tuned flopper to the No. 7 qualifying position Saturday at Gainesville Raceway.

On his fourth and final qualifying attempt of the weekend, Johnson blasted his Skoal Racing Funny Car to a performance of 5.003 seconds at 302.72 mph, improving over his earlier effort of 5.142 at 268.01.

"It's nice to get into the top half of the field," Johnson said. "Lane choice might be critical come first round tomorrow. The track is coming around with each run. I was afraid we might be too soft with the tune-up on that last run, but we moved up the ladder. We could have probably run quicker.

"We made progressive steps each pass this weekend. The first run on Friday we smoked the tires at half-track. Then we ran a 5.15, a 5.14 and then a 5.00 on our last pass. Depending on the weather tomorrow, we should run 4.90s."

Johnson will have lane choice in the opening round of Funny Car eliminations when he battles No. 10 qualifier Tony Pedregon.

ESPN2 will televise two hours of qualifying highlights from the Mac Tools Gatornationals beginning at 2:30 a.m. (ET) on Sunday, March 21 and show two hours of final eliminations at 11:30 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, March 21.

-www.snakeracing.com-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Pedregon , Tommy Johnson , Don Prudhomme , Tommy Johnson Jr.