Pomona II: Tommy Johnson Jr Thursday summary

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 11, 2004) - Tommy Johnson Jr. blasted his blue Skoal Racing Chevy Funny Car into the fifth qualifying position Thursday at Pomona Raceway to kick off qualifying for the Auto Club of So. Calif. Finals with a 4.777-second, ...

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 11, 2004) - Tommy Johnson Jr. blasted his blue Skoal Racing Chevy Funny Car into the fifth qualifying position Thursday at Pomona Raceway to kick off qualifying for the Auto Club of So. Calif. Finals with a 4.777-second, 323.37-mph run.

Johnson, who earned his last No. 1 qualifying position at Pomona Raceway in 2001, used a Mike Green tune-up to stop the timers in 4.777 seconds at 323.37 mph in the drag strip's right lane to earn the provisional fifth qualifying spot placing him solidly in the 16-car field.

"That takes a big load of pressure off the team," Johnson said. "You can't believe what that does to your confidence to make a really good run on your first pass. I still think we can run a little quicker. The conditions should be the same, so I think we can improve."

Johnson looks to move to the top of the Funny Car order when qualifying continues at 3 p.m. (PT) on Friday. The five time NHRA winner will make two additional qualifying passes at noon and 3 p.m. (PT) on Saturday at the historic Southern California drag strip.

-www.snakeracing.com

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Drivers Tommy Johnson , Tommy Johnson Jr.