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Johnson Jr. defeats Pedregon in Funny Car final at Englishtown

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Tommy Johnson Jr. has won the Funny Car Wally at the 38th annual ProCare Rx NHRA SuperNationals presented by R2B2 Motors at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park on Sunday in Englishtown, New Jersey. Johnson Jr. defeated Tony Pedregon in the final round.

Johnson Jr. went 4.994 at 305.84 mph to win the Wally. Pedregon, the runner-up, went 5.022 at 306.33 mph.

Tommy Johnson Jr.
Tommy Johnson Jr. (Photo by the NHRA)

This is Johnson Jr.’s first win this season. The last time that Johnson Jr. won in Funny Car was at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in August 2006.

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He joins Mike Ashley with one win this season. Ron Capps is the leader with three wins, while Robert Hight and Gary Scelzi both have two wins each.

Pedregon won the Checker Shucks Kragen Nationals in Phoenix.

This is the first time that Johnson Jr. won the race as the No. 1 qualifier. He had a rough day, but it was all worth the while, as he had to escape a burning car in the first round in order to advance before defeating Jack Beckman and Jeff Arend to get to the final round.

The Quaker State Motor Oil driver had an 11-10 advantage over the SKOAL driver in prior events. Each driver has previously once against the other in the final rounds.

Pedregon had the lead off of the starting line. He continued to have the lead through the 60-foot marker. Johnson Jr. closed the gap as they passed and went down the track.

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As the two passed the 330-foot mark, Johnson Jr. had the short lead. He then was able to increase his lead for the rest of the track.

He won by 0.0175 seconds, or approx. 8 feet.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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