JOHNSON AIMING FOR THE TOP WHEN QUALIFYING CONTINUES IN POMONA POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 10, 2006) -- Tommy Johnson Jr. improved his time Friday during the second round of qualifying for the 42nd annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA ...
JOHNSON AIMING FOR THE TOP WHEN QUALIFYING CONTINUES IN POMONA
POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 10, 2006) -- Tommy Johnson Jr. improved his time Friday during the second round of qualifying for the 42nd annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals.
Unfortunately, that didn't result in a better position. Johnson turned in a 4.774-second pass at 325.14 mph in his Don Prudhomme-owned Skoal Racingsm Monte Carlo, which was good enough for the No. 9 position. That's down from Thursday's sixth place finish after a 4.798 pass.
Johnson said tuner Mike Green expected better results.
"We're happy that we're running consistent passes from run to run," Johnson said. "But we were trying some new things and it didn't work out as well as Mike would have liked.
"Still, it's hard to be disappointed when you improved your time and ran a 4.77."
Johnson now expects even quicker times when qualifying continues with the third and fourth sessions on Saturday.
"The conditions should improve and it should be a lot better for us out there," Johnson said. "I think the entire crew would be disappointed if we didn't run a low 4.70 or high 4.60. We know the potential is there. This car has been running so well, it's a matter of making a few minor adjustments to get back into the top half of the field."
The top half of the field might not be good enough for Johnson.
"Having just one qualifying pass a day (on Thursday and Friday) just makes it more difficult to maintain positive momentum," Johnson said. "It really challenges the crew chiefs to find the best setup with different conditions spread out over four days. I'm still confident that we can shoot straight up to the top of qualifying. We have two chances on Saturday and I think this car can do it."
Johnson has one career win in two final round appearances at Pomona Raceway along with one No. 1 qualifying award.
Professional qualifying wraps up at noon and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Final eliminations for the 23rd of 23 NHRA POWERade events will start at 11 a.m. on Sunday.