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WJ Ready to Get In The Game at Pontiac Pro Stock Showdown Sugar Hill, Ga., February 1, 2008 -- Historically, the weekend of the Super Bowl is one of the busiest of the year for the city of Las Vegas, NV, as people from around the world flock...

WJ Ready to Get In The Game at Pontiac Pro Stock Showdown

Sugar Hill, Ga., February 1, 2008 -- Historically, the weekend of the Super Bowl is one of the busiest of the year for the city of Las Vegas, NV, as people from around the world flock to the Nevada desert. From attending innumerable parties to wagering on all aspects of the game, they will celebrate the culmination of the professional football season.

Among those heading to the Entertainment Capital of the World will be GM Performance Parts Pontiac racer Warren Johnson. However, he will have little interest in the NFL's title match, including whether the Patriots complete their perfect season or the Giants score what many see as an improbable upset.

Instead, Johnson's focus will be on another competition, the Pontiac Pro Stock Showdown, which will be held on Saturday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. As the final tune-up before the start of the NHRA season, it potentially offers entrants a chance to evaluate their competition, although "The Professor" believes the true gain will come in how it will affect his crew's attitude entering the POWERade championship fight.

"The biggest benefit from racing in the Pontiac Pro Stock Showdown is that it gets you in the right mindset to race," stated Johnson. "After all, as a pre-season event, you're not going to lean on your equipment as hard as you would at a national event. In addition, its effectiveness as a test session is minimized by the combination of potentially cold temperatures, and the unusual altitude in the Nevada desert. Therefore, the greatest value of any data gathered will be to ensure everything on the car is working properly.

"But, when the GM Performance Parts Pontiac crew gets to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend, it will really hit home that the 2008 season is right around the corner. The psychological effect of competing in the Showdown will get us mentally ready to start the new year, and of course, the best way to show you're prepared is to win, which is what we're hoping to do."

-credit: j2r

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