Fram Autolite NHRA Nationals
Career-best elapsed time highlights weekend
“Oh, man, that’s me, isn’t it?
“I hate making excuses, but I did make a tactical error in changing the face shield on my helmet. I went to a little darker color, and that slightly altered how the lights appeared to me. I thought I left on a solid yellow light, but it came up red, so that’s all there is to say.
“But, let me quickly add that our new crew chief, Mark Peiser, was the key to everything we did this weekend. He did an awesome job in tuning our Suzuki for the conditions, and the proof’s right there in our time slips. We ran a career best in qualifying and then ran an even quicker number in the first round (7.063 seconds). Just to be a part of the quickest field in Pro Stock Motorcycle history was a big honor for me personally, and the way things have been going, believe me, I can’t wait for our next race in
Prior to the Fram Autolite Nationals Johnson’s quickest elapsed time of 7.077 seconds was notched at last year’s Gatornationals, where he scored his second major POWERade Series victory. His personal best speed mark of 192.91 mph, recorded at last year’s U.S. Nationals in
Johnson was present last Tuesday for the joint announcement naming WyoTech the
Although obviously disappointed by his foul start in the second round, Johnson was also philosophical about the outcome. “Based on the numbers, my only hope of beating Antron (Brown) was to have had at least a double zero Reaction Time, or better yet, a perfect light, but that doesn’t happen very often. Next time it’s my turn!”
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