WJ Kicks Off 2008 with a Quarterfinal Finish in Pomona Starting fourth in Sunday's final eliminations of the Carquest Auto Parts Winternationals, Warren Johnson and the GM Performance Parts Pontiac Racing team looked for a strong start to their...
WJ Kicks Off 2008 with a Quarterfinal Finish in Pomona
Starting fourth in Sunday's final eliminations of the Carquest Auto Parts Winternationals, Warren Johnson and the GM Performance Parts Pontiac Racing team looked for a strong start to their 2008 POWERade Drag Racing season. In the first round, things seemed to go according to plan when WJ used a 6.661-second, 208.46 mph pass to eliminate veteran Kenny Koretsky. However, a quicker opening run by their second-round opponent, Allen Johnson, meant they would be racing the less-preferred right hand lane.
Knowing he would need every advantage in order to overcome the apparent disparity between the lanes and advance, WJ used a quick .024 reaction time to gain the slight edge. However, immediately after launching, his car pulled out of the groove and towards the center line. The combination of the loss of traction and corrective action required to maintain control produced a 6.736-second, 206.57 mph run, allowing his rival, who also had problems during his 6.702-second pass, to edge him at the stripe.
"We picked the worst time to make our worst run of the weekend. Apparently, it didn't have enough wheelie bar stagger, which unloaded the left rear tire and put all the traction on the right rear. The end result was that it took off to the left at the hit of the throttle, sending me into the briar patch. The worst part is that he (Allen Johnson) was there for the taking, and we let him get away.
"Even so, I'm confident this GM Performance Parts Pontiac will be in good shape. We just have to figure out exactly why it reacted that way and address it. For example, it could have been a bad shock, although looking at the shock graph, it appears unlikely. We'll take a look at the data, make the necessary adjustments and/or repairs and head to Phoenix, looking to pick up where we left off."