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Johnson Jr. is provisional No. 1 in Ennis, Texas

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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.

Make-A-Wish Foundation Funny Car pilot Tommy Johnson Jr. racing on Friday at the Texas Motorplex

Tommy Johnson Jr. racing on Friday at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals (Photo by the NHRA)

“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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