Indianapolis2: Warren Johnson eliminations summary

After qualifying 12th for Sunday's final eliminations of the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, Warren Johnson knew he would need to better his performance from qualifying in order to advance beyond the first round and contend for his seventh win in ...

After qualifying 12th for Sunday's final eliminations of the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, Warren Johnson knew he would need to better his performance from qualifying in order to advance beyond the first round and contend for his seventh win in Indianapolis.

Facing veteran Larry Morgan in the first round, Johnson experienced both ends of the competitive spectrum. On the positive side, Johnson's GM Performance Parts Grand Am improved on its qualifying performance and was the quickest car in the less-preferred right hand lane, posting a 6.823-second, 202.58 mph pass. Unfortunately, it was not enough to overcome his opponent's starting line advantage, bringing Johnson's weekend to a premature ending.

"We put ourselves behind the eight ball on Friday, when we had a malfunction with one of our machines, which resulted in the clutch not being where it was. That forced us to play catch up, which just didn't work, because of the changing temperatures and track conditions. Even though we were qualified, we had to take the conservative route to make sure we stayed in."

"Even so, our GM Performance Parts Grand Am was by far the quickest car in the right hand lane in the first round today, but it just wasn't enough. The competition is so tight in Pro Stock that there is virtually no room for error, and we never really got back on our game."

"We'll leave tonight and go back to the shop and work on a few things that we have to test and make sure we are fully prepared for next weekend in Reading."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Warren Johnson , Larry Morgan