MADISON, Ill. (July 27, 2004) - Tommy Johnson Jr. raced his Mike Green-tuned blue Skoal RacingSM Chevy Monte Carlo to a second round finish Sunday at Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis. Johnson, who posted a career-best elapsed time...
MADISON, Ill. (July 27, 2004) - Tommy Johnson Jr. raced his Mike Green-tuned blue Skoal RacingSM Chevy Monte Carlo to a second round finish Sunday at Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis.
Johnson, who posted a career-best elapsed time and speed en route to qualifying second this weekend, defeated No. 15 qualifier Jeff Arend in the opening round of Funny Car eliminations. In a tight race, the five-time NHRA winner powered his Don Prudhomme-owned Chevy flopper to a run of 4.951 seconds at 308.85 mph to score the narrow victory over Arend, who drove to a pass of 4.965 at 307.37.
In the second round, Johnson faced fellow Skoal Racing driver Ron Capps. In another close race, Capps' green Skoal RacingSM Chevy got to the finish line first to earn the slender victory. Capps used a performance of 4.944 at 302.55 to hold off Johnson's hard-charging 4.904 at 319.37. It marks the first time this season that both Skoal Racing Funny Cars have advanced past the opening round of eliminations.
"We tried a little too hard racing against Ron (Capps)," Johnson said. "We changed our routine a little bit and we made a mistake. I double-stepped the throttle is what I did. What's important is that we got a Skoal Racing car into the semifinals; it doesn't matter if it's blue or green. We got both cars into the second round and one into the semifinals. It was nice progress for the whole crew."
The next NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event is the 25th annual Mopar Mile-High Nationals, July 16-18, at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo. Johnson advanced to his first career final round at the Colorado facility in 1991.