K&N Filters SuperNationals
Englishtown is where it all started for 'The Professor'
A key performer for much of this evolutionary ride has been GM Performance Parts GTO pilot Warren Johnson. This year’s NHRA Supernationals marks “The Professor’s” 30th national event appearance at the Napp family’s legendary track, and, by all accounts, the relationship has been a good one. In fact,
“When I started racing at Englishtown in1975, it was already a big part of our sport, attracting huge crowds,” said Johnson. “When it first opened there were many tracks out on
“Englishtown is also special to our team as I won my first NHRA national event there back in 1982. I had run some match races there prior to the race and knew what the surface was like, so I went back through my stack of tires and got the oldest Firestones we had, because I knew we would have way more bite than we needed. As a result, I was one of the few that consistently got down the racetrack and I was fortunate enough to defeat Lee Shepherd in the final. It’s a performance we’re looking to duplicate this weekend with our GM Performance Parts GTO.”
Since that first win 31 years ago, Johnson has further added to his list of
“It’s been a few months since that first win, and we are finding ourselves heading back to Englishtown once again,” joked Johnson. “Although many things have changed since 1975, the competition in Pro Stock remains just as intense.
“We’ve done relatively well in Englishtown over the years. It’s one of those tracks where you really have to be on top of your game to win. At this time of year, it’s a Jekyll and Hyde situation. It could be 90 degrees or 40, as we have seen over the last few years, so your bag of tricks has to be prepared to deal with just about with any track or atmospheric conditions you can possibly envision.
“For example, as the temperature rises, the track condition deteriorates, with the exact opposite happening when it cools down. You have to have two completely different set-ups for each scenario, with these wide swings sometimes happening from day to day. As close as the competition is in Pro Stock, if you don’t keep up with it, you’re just behind. Fortunately, our program with this GM Performance Parts GTO is starting to come into its own, so we should be in good shape. The E-town fans really get into Pro Stock racing, and we’d like nothing better than to put on a good show for them, and get back to the winner’s circle. In fact, I’d say we’re overdue.”
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