By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Make-A-Wish Funny Car pilot Tommy Johnson Jr. won the 40th annual Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil on Sunday. He defeated PPG sponsored Bob Tasca III in the final round at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado.
Johnson Jr. went to the final round on Thunder Mountain in 1991 in his very first race. However, his first Wally at the facility came 28 years later.
Johnson Jr. went 4.102 at 308.50 mph for the win. Tasca III, on the other hand, went 4.158 at 302.14 mph in the losing effort.
“We made a great run last night — my quickest and fastest ever on the mountain — and it gave the guys confidence,” Johnson said. “I knew going into today we had a good race car and my guys did a great job. We’re a much better team now and we’ve grown so much as a team, so it’s good to get it done. It wasn’t easy, but we finally got a couple breaks and we finally got it done here. The race has a lot of prestige and it’s so much different than all the rest we run all year. You want to win the unique ones, and this is definitely the most unique of our whole tour.”
This is also his second win of the season. He also won the Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Elwood, Illinois on June 2nd.
Prior to this final round, Avon, Indiana pilot had a 7-0 advantage against the Hope, Rhode Island native. However, this was the first-time these two pilots faced each other in the final round.
Now, with Johnson Jr. winning this event, he is 8-0 against Tasca III.
Tasca III had the starting line advantage. However, as the two drivers drove the Funny Cars past the 1/8th mile, Johnson Jr. took the lead. He then held onto the lead for the rest of the race.
He won by 0.0235 seconds, or approx. 10 feet.
This is his 17th Funny Car win in his career. If you add in his experience driving Top Fuel, he has 19 wins.