Phoenix: Warren Johnson Saturday summary

WJ Starts 11th in Phoenix Warren Johnson fought a tricky Firebird Raceway surface throughout qualifying for the Checker Schuck's Kragen Nationals, with his 6.716-second pass on his third attempt on Saturday afternoon slotting the GM Performance...

WJ Starts 11th in Phoenix

Warren Johnson fought a tricky Firebird Raceway surface throughout qualifying for the Checker Schuck's Kragen Nationals, with his 6.716-second pass on his third attempt on Saturday afternoon slotting the GM Performance Parts GTO in the 11th starting position.

With his 207.08 mph top speed being the fastest of qualifying in the Pro Stock category, "The Professor" heads into Sunday's eliminations looking for a more effective way to take advantage of the tremendous horsepower created by his car's DRCE 3 engine in the early part of the run, improving his elapsed times and his chances for a third win in the Arizona desert.

"We still haven't found the sweet spot to match our car's power to the track. For example, we're near the bottom of the page at the 330 foot mark, and yet our GM Performance Parts GTO is consistently the fastest car in the back half. Obviously we're missing the mark someplace -- it's right in front of us, and we just can't see it yet.

"With the higher temperatures forecast for tomorrow, its going to be a completely different ballgame. That will alter what we're dealing with, making our jobs just a little more difficult. However, we will look at our notes tonight, analyze the runs we have made with this car, and come up with a game plan. Although we're not quite sure what we need to do right now, we will get a handle on it, and start showing the results we're capable of."

-j2r

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