JOHNSON JR. LOOKS FOR ANOTHER DOSE OF WINNING MAGIC IN MEMPHIS MILLINGTON, Tenn. (Aug. 14, 2006) -- The 8,000 horsepower nitromethane-powered Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars have long been the kings of quarter mile drag racing. And over the...
JOHNSON JR. LOOKS FOR ANOTHER DOSE OF WINNING MAGIC IN MEMPHIS
MILLINGTON, Tenn. (Aug. 14, 2006) -- The 8,000 horsepower nitromethane-powered Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars have long been the kings of quarter mile drag racing. And over the more than half century of NHRA drag racing, many drivers have driven both floppers and rails, but only 13 have triumphed in both 300-mph categories. Among those included in the club are NHRA legends Don "the Snake" Prudhomme and Kenny Bernstein.
Skoal RacingSM Funny Car driver Tommy Johnson Jr. is one of the baker's dozen that has scored victories in both Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars. Even more uncommon is the fact that Johnson has accomplished the peculiar feat at one race track, Memphis Motorsports Park. Of his eight career professional victories, two trips to the winner's circle have come at the Western Tennessee multipurpose racing facility (1994 Top Fuel and 1999 Funny Car).
"That ranks pretty high on my list of career accomplishments," Johnson said. "My biggest accomplishment is being in both the four-second and 300-mph clubs, but having won in both Top Fuel and Funny Car ranks just behind. And, to do it at the same track is pretty cool. I haven't won a lot of national events, so it's definitely a pretty neat accomplishment."
The Iowa native hopes his Mike Green-led Skoal Racing crew can help deliver a third trip to victory lane at the Memphis race when the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series makes its final 2006 visit to the Volunteer State, August 18-20, for the 19th running of the O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals. Johnson drove his Monte Carlo to a semifinal finish at the scorching Memphis race last season.
"It's always fun to go back to a place where you've won," Johnson said. "Knowing that you've won in two different categories gives you a little extra vote of confidence. Some tracks you do well at, and others you don't. You really can't put your finger on it. You just have to go out and race."
Coming off of his eighth career victory, following his triumph last weekend in Minnesota, the Iowa native is poised to continue his charge towards a top five placing in the Funny Car standings with another winning performance at Memphis.