Fram Autolite NHRA Nationals
Johnson Jr. drives to first-round performance
The veteran nitromethane pilot used one of the best reaction times of the opening round of Funny Car eliminations (.081 of-a-second) to drive his Skoal Racing Monte Carlo to an early lead over opponent and No. 2 qualifier Eric Medlen before Johnsonís flopper lost traction and slowed to a pass of 5.597 seconds at 187.18 mph. Medlen cruised to a run of 4.901 at 314.39 to earn the trip to the second round of eliminations. Johnson remains fifth in the NHRA Funny Car standings.
ďI didnít see him for a long time,Ē Johnson said. ďI didnít realize that it was that big of a holeshot. Itís frustrating when you have that big of a lead and canít capitalize on it. We could have run a 4.98 and won.
ďThis was just a frustrating weekend for us. We struggled during qualifying and that got us behind. Every team suffers a tough weekend like this during the year. We just need to buckle down and make sure that it doesnít happen again because we want to stay in the hunt.Ē
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