THE WARREN REPORT: PENNZOIL NATIONALS RACE RESULTS Warren Johnson Sets National Speed Record, Suffers Upset Loss in First Round RICHMOND, Va. - Warren Johnson rewrote the NHRA record book again at the Pennzoil Nationals when he scorched the ...
THE WARREN REPORT: PENNZOIL NATIONALS RACE RESULTS
Warren Johnson Sets National Speed Record, Suffers Upset Loss in First Round
RICHMOND, Va. - Warren Johnson rewrote the NHRA record book again at the Pennzoil Nationals when he scorched the chilly Virginia Motorsports Park quarter-mile at 202.24 mph in his GM Goodwrench Service Plus Firebird. W.J.'s run set the national Pro Stock speed record, eclipsing the 201.37 mph mark he set in Gainesville, Fla., in March. Two years ago, Johnson broke the 200 mph barrier at the Richmond track with a record-setting 200.13 mph pass. W.J. downplayed his most recent accomplishment. "Winning the race is more important than setting the record," he declared. "The record is just a piece of paper." Johnson qualified No. 2 at the Pennzoil Nationals behind his son, Kurt. The younger Johnson ended Warren's streak of six straight No. 1 qualifying efforts with a record-setting 6.840-second elapsed time. W.J. was close behind at 6.843. The Johnsons have teamed up to capture the top two spots in five of the six races contested this season. Johnson's four-year winning streak at Virginia Motorsports Park came to an abrupt end when he was upset by No. 15 qualifier John Nobile in the first round of eliminations. W.J. ran 200.32 mph in a futile effort to catch Nobile after encountering severe tire shake at the starting line. "We were just a little too aggressive and the track wouldn't hold it," Warren reported. "With the excellent air conditions we had plenty of horsepower, so obviously we needed a considerably different setup than we ran today. We're going to have to do some testing to see if we can calm this thing down." There was a Johnson in the Virginia winner's circle for the fifth straight year, but it was not the Johnson that most expected. Independent Dodge racer Allen Johnson defeated Kurt Johnson in the semi-final round, and then scored his first national event victory by beating Richie Stevens in the final. Warren was philosophic about his first loss at Virginia Motorsports Park. "Nothing is forever," said the Professor, who now trails his son by 95 points in the championship race.
WARREN JOHNSON RACE SUMMARY Qualifying: Warren Johnson qualified No. 2 at 6.843/202.24
Eliminations: Round 1: John Nobile (6.952/198.47) defeated Warren Johnson (7.070/200.32)
Final Round: Allen Johnson (6.970/198.17) defeated Richie Stevens (6.960/198.20) Low ET: Kurt Johnson, 6.840 seconds (national record) Top Speed: Warren Johnson, 202.24 mph (national record)
POINTS RACE: (After 6 of 22 events) Driver Wins Points 1. Kurt Johnson 2 582 2. Warren Johnson 2 487 3. Troy Coughlin 0 330 4. Jim Yates 0 319 5. Allen Johnson 1 314
NEXT RACE: Advance Auto Parts Southern Nationals, May 14-16, Atlanta, Ga. TV: Fox Sports, May 16, 5:00-7:00 p.m. - check local listings.