WJ Powers to the Second Starting Position in Phoenix Making competitive runs while still getting a handle on his race car, Warren Johnson qualified his GM Performance Parts Grand Am second for Sunday's final eliminations of the Checker Schuck's...
WJ Powers to the Second Starting Position in Phoenix
Making competitive runs while still getting a handle on his race car, Warren Johnson qualified his GM Performance Parts Grand Am second for Sunday's final eliminations of the Checker Schuck's Kragen Nationals in Phoenix, AZ.
After opening with a solid effort on Friday, Johnson clocked the quickest Pro Stock pass of the day on Saturday morning, tripping the Firebird Raceway clocks in 6.743 seconds, with a top speed of 204.94 mph. Having cemented the second starting spot for Sunday, "The Professor" used his final timed run to try a different combination, producing the fastest top speed of the day at 205.16 mph, and putting the team in a good position to score their third win in the Valley of the Sun.
"Since we've had limited track time with this new GM Performance Parts Grand Am, and it's a different animal both in the chassis and the engine combination, we take advantage of any opportunity to try new things. Therefore, we hope to qualify well early in the weekend so we can make a few calculated changes in the subsequent qualifying sessions to learn something.
"Basically, that is what we have done this weekend, and slowly but surely, it's coming along. There were a couple sessions where we didn't pick up, but now we know now to go in that direction again. Once we can get a solid two days at a test track, we'll get it sorted out, which we expect will happen by Gainesville.
"But for now, we have a fairly competitive package, and the track is actually pretty decent. The rubber is a little thin on it, but everyone seems to be able to get down it. The right lane is a little suspicious in the middle of the track, with several people having a problem with the car moving around, but overall, it's not bad. Fortunately, we don't have mineshaft conditions, because then we would be in trouble. But for these atmospheric conditions, it's more than adequate, and we'll deal with it as best as possible tomorrow."