Joliet: Warren Johnson Saturday summary

A Consistent WJ Will Start 13th in Joliet Although the records will show that Warren Johnson's 6.654-second, 207.50 mph pass from Friday evening was his run of record and earned the GM Performance Parts GTO Racing team the 13th starting position...

A Consistent WJ Will Start 13th in Joliet

Although the records will show that Warren Johnson's 6.654-second, 207.50 mph pass from Friday evening was his run of record and earned the GM Performance Parts GTO Racing team the 13th starting position for Sunday's final eliminations of the Torco Racing Fuels Nationals in Joliet, IL, his performance from Saturday may be a better indicator of his chances for race day. Battling higher temperatures and a hot, slick racetrack, The Professor made two strong, straight runs in the 6.6-second range as the team fine tuned their set up for race day.

"We were pretty confident our time from the night session on Friday wouldn't get bumped out, so we used today's runs to try a couple things. Despite the slightly higher temperatures, the starting line wasn't too bad, today but the middle of the track started to get extremely loose due to the numerous oil downs in the fuel classes.

"What we used this morning didn't show much promise, so we went back to our normal tune-up for these conditions with a few small modifications, and it ran pretty well. Overall, we made four runs with the fastest to the slowest being separated by only about two hundredths of a second, with our last run on Saturday afternoon being pretty decent, so we'll just keep beating and banging on this GM Performance Parts GTO, knowing that sooner or later, it will come to its senses."

-credit: j2r

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Drivers Warren Johnson