Houston: Warren Johnson wins

HOUSTON - Warren Johnson broke a 17-race dry spell with a decisive victory in Sunday's Matco Tools SuperNationals at Houston Raceway Park. Johnson returned to the NHRA winner's circle for the first time since the Gatornationals in March, defeating...

HOUSTON - Warren Johnson broke a 17-race dry spell with a decisive victory in Sunday's Matco Tools SuperNationals at Houston Raceway Park. Johnson returned to the NHRA winner's circle for the first time since the Gatornationals in March, defeating Brad Jeter in the final round to score his second victory of the season and the 81st of his career. Johnson's GM Goodwrench Service Plus Pontiac was the picture of consistency in eliminations, running 6.917 in a first-round victory over Robert Patrick, 6.906 (over Mark Pawuk), 6.912 (over Kurt Johnson) and 6.914 in the final. W.J. turned in the event's fastest speed at 200.00 mph in his semi-final round victory over his son. "There is no such thing as a bad win or a good loss, and it's taken us a while to get back here," said Johnson after his fourth career victory at the fast Texas track. "It feels good to be at least to the point where we're competitive. "As a team, we didn't make any drastic errors," Johnson noted. "We had a combination that worked well in qualifying. It wasn't the fastest car out there, but it was consistent, so we knew that by tweaking it a little bit we'd be all right." Johnson's victory moved him to third in the championship race, 19 points behind Kurt and 30 ahead of Ron Krisher. With only two races remaining on the schedule, Warren is already looking ahead to the 2001 season. "We're learning and experimenting," explained the Professor. "We have just a couple of races left to experiment at a national event track, so we're getting ready for next year." Johnson will race in the Lone Star state again next weekend, returning to the Texas Motorplex near Dallas for the rain-delayed O'Reilly Fall Nationals on November 3-4. <pre> WARREN JOHNSON RACE RESULTS: Qualifying: Warren Johnson qualified No. 4 at 6.924/199.17.

Eliminations: First Round: Warren Johnson (6.917/199.82) defeated Robert Patrick (6.991/197.97) Second Round: Warren Johnson (6.906/199.37) defeated Mark Pawuk (6.944/198.50) Semi-Final: Warren Johnson (6.912/200.00) defeated Kurt Johnson (6.913/199.85) Final Round: Warren Johnson (6.914/199.40) defeated Brad Jeter (6.975/197.94)

Low ET: Ron Krisher, 6.901 seconds Top Speed: Warren Johnson, 200.00 mph

POINTS RACE: (After 21 of 23 events) Driver Wins Points 1. Jeg Coughlin Jr. 10 1,858 2. Kurt Johnson 4 1,373 3. Warren Johnson 2 1,354 4. Ron Krisher 2 1,324 5. Mark Pawuk 1 1,106

NEXT RACE: O'Reilly Fall Nationals, Nov. 3-4, Dallas (rescheduled from Oct. 20-22 due to rain)

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Robert Patrick , Brad Jeter , Mark Pawuk , Kurt Johnson , Warren Johnson , Ron Krisher