Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals
Johnson Jr. fired up as NHRA roars into Atlanta
“I can’t wait to get going again,” Skoal Racing Funny Car driver
“I don’t like a lot of time at home because I get bored. I’d just as soon go back-to-back all the time. It makes things tight with sponsor commitments and other appearances, but I’d spend everyday at the race track if could. I’m happy being at the track. Even if I’m not racing, I just like being at the race track. That’s where I grew up and what I enjoy the most.”
Johnson, who drove his Chevy flopper to the win at the 2005 season-opener, enters the seventh of 23 races on the NHRA schedule 114 points from the top spot. While Johnson and his Skoal Racing crew would like to be higher than their current sixth-place ranking, they’re in the perfect spot to make a charge to the top of the standings as the NHRA schedule begins the first of four three-race swings.
“I’m pretty confident with our race car,” Johnson said. “We won the first race and since have experienced a few problems here and there. We’ve addressed the issues and now we’re heading in the right direction. This is the best team and race car that I’ve had in years. We’ve made a complete 180-degree turn from where we were in years past.”
Johnson’s increased performance has led to a race win, improved qualifying outings and a position in the top 10 of the Funny Car standings, which allows the veteran driver and his team to have a positive outlook for the remainder of the season as the six-time NHRA winner aims to be a title contender when the 2005 NHRA campaign again slows down in the fall.
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