By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Make-A-Wish Foundation Funny Car pilot Tommy Johnson Jr. is the provisional No. 1 qualifier on Friday night at the 33rd annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas. The Avon, Indiana native went 3.958 at 323.66 mph in the second session to claim the top spot on the first day of the event.
Johnson Jr. is looking to pick up his first No. 1 qualifier of the season in his Dodge Charger.
“The first few cars ran, and they were a little bit quicker than I thought they were going to be,” said Johnson of the second Funny Car qualifying session. “It had cooled, but not a lot. We ran well first round, went down the race track so it gave us the opportunity to step on it. (Crew chief) John (Collins) got after it pretty good.
“It’s always fun to watch him when the cars are starting to run good out there and he comes back and lifts the box and twists the knobs. Another car runs good so he comes back and twists ‘em some more. I knew it was either going to smoke the tires or run really good.”
Levi, Ray, and Shoup Inc. Funny Car pilot Tim Wilkerson is the provisional No. 2 qualifier. The Springfield, Illinois native went 3.958 at 315.64 mph in his Ford Mustang.
DHL Funny Car pilot J.R. Todd is the provisional No. 3 qualifier. The Lawrenceburg, Indiana native went 3.962 at 320.05 mph in his Toyota Camry.
Ford Motorcraft/Quick Lane pilot Bob Tasca III is the provisional No. 4 qualifier. The Hope, Rhode Island native went 3.981 at 319.82 mph.
Infinite Hero Foundation Funny Car pilot Jack Beckman is the provisional No. 5 qualifier. The Norco, California native went 3.986 at 312.57 mph.
|No. 6 Ron Capps||4.012||317.05 mph|
|No. 7 Robert Hight||4.013||318.99 mph|
|No. 8 John Force||4.045||319.67 mph|
|No. 9 Shawn Langdon||4.047||317.05 mph|
|No. 10 Jim Campbell||4.051||310.63 mph|
|No. 11 Courtney Force||4.080||266.58 mph|
|No. 12 Jeff Diehl||4.140||257.38 mph|
|No. 13 Cruz Pedregon||4.557||181.57 mph|
|No. 14 Matt Hagan||4.867||160.73 mph|
|No. 15 Todd Simpson||6.011||121.84 mph|
|No. 16 Todd Hale||8.161||75.13 mph|
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