Johnson Jr. Tests at Reading on Sunday MOHNTON, Pa. (Sept. 19, 2004)- After NHRA officials were forced to postpone the 20th annual Lucas Oil Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway near Reading, Pa. due to persistent rains on Saturday, five-time NHRA...
Johnson Jr. Tests at Reading on Sunday
MOHNTON, Pa. (Sept. 19, 2004)- After NHRA officials were forced to postpone the 20th annual Lucas Oil Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway near Reading, Pa. due to persistent rains on Saturday, five-time NHRA winner Tommy Johnson Jr. hot-lapped Don Prudhomme's Skoal RacingSM Chevy Funny Cars on Sunday at the Eastern Pennsylvania race track.
The veteran pilot made six passes on Sunday, three behind the wheel of his blue Skoal RacingSM flopper and three in Ron Capps' green Skoal RacingSM Monte Carlo. A bump in the transition from the concrete to the asphalt on the track presented the race crews with a difficult track to maneuver during Sunday's test session. Johnson drove his car to a best pass of 5.03 seconds at 280 mph and recorded a best run of 5.14 at 252 in Capps' car. The 5.03-second elapsed time was the quickest Funny Car E.T. recorded at Maple Grove Raceway on Sunday.
"Nobody really made it down the track," Johnson said. "(Gary) Scelzi and I were the only two cars to make it past the 1000-foot mark. There was a pretty good bump that was difficult to get through at the transition from the concrete to asphalt.
"The first part of the track is very good. The early numbers on our 5.03 run would have translated into a 4.76 or 4.77 E.T. The test was very good for the green car because they have a brand new race car and making the three test passes allowed them to work out some of the new car gremlins that may have taken a few runs to work out during qualifying. So, it was valuable for them to test today."
The Skoal RacingSM crews will regroup following Sunday's test session and head to the Lonestar State for next weekends 19th running of the O'Reilly Fall Nationals, Sept. 23-26, at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas near Dallas, a race Capps won in 1998.