Madison: Tommy Johnson Jr Saturday summary

JOHNSON JR. RACES TO NO. 9 SPOT AT ST. LOUIS MADISON, Ill. (June 25, 2005) -- Tommy Johnson Jr. drove his Skoal RacingSM Chevy Funny Car to a qualifying-best run of 4.887 seconds at 318.32 mph to earn the No. 9 qualifying position Saturday at ...

JOHNSON JR. RACES TO NO. 9 SPOT AT ST. LOUIS

MADISON, Ill. (June 25, 2005) -- Tommy Johnson Jr. drove his Skoal RacingSM Chevy Funny Car to a qualifying-best run of 4.887 seconds at 318.32 mph to earn the No. 9 qualifying position Saturday at Gateway International Raceway.

Johnson powered to his best run of qualifying on Friday's second attempt under the lights at the St. Louis-area track when he used a tune-up from crew chiefs Mike Green and Johnny West to record the 4.887, 318.32 run.

Johnson's Monte Carlo got out of the groove on Saturday's first pass forcing the veteran driver to lift and coast to a run of 5.935 at 160.63. The Skoal Racing flopper again moved around on its final qualifying pass, before smoking the tires and slowing to run of 5.276 at 205.01.

"We were too soft on the first run and the car got out of the groove on the second pass and smoked the tires," Johnson said. "We're going to find out why it's moving around so much. I'm confident that we can go out and make a good run in the first round. We'll fix it and go race.

For the third consecutive event, Johnson will face Tim Wilkerson in the first round of flopper eliminations. Johnson has defeated the fellow Chevy driver at the past two races and has an 8-3 career record against Wilkerson.

"If it's a game of confidence, we win already," Johnson said. "Hopefully, that will be in their heads. I'm confident that we can go up there and make it three in a row."

-www.snakeracing.com

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tommy Johnson , Tim Wilkerson , Tommy Johnson Jr.