Johnson Jr. picks up 20th No. 1 qualifier in his career

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Tommy Johnson Jr. has picked up another No. 1 qualifier this season. The MD Anderson Cancer Center pilot is the leader in the Funny Car category on Saturday at the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in Brownsburg, Indiana.

This is Johnson Jr.’s second No. 1 qualifier in the last three Indy races after going 3.976 at 318.54 mph in the Don Schumacher Racing Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car. This is his 20th career No. 1 qualifier.

MD Anderson Cancer Center Funny Car pilot Tommy Johnson Jr. racing on Saturday at the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil
Tommy Johnson Jr. racing on Saturday at the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil (Photo by the NHRA)

“Anytime you are in a points championship battle with these guys [Hagan and Beckman] and they have to race each other that’s good,” said Johnson. “No. 1, we get extra points and now we need to see what we can do with it [Sunday].”

Dodge/Mopar-sponsored Funny Car pilot Matt Hagan is the No. 2 qualifier. The Christiansburg, Virginia native went 3.982 at 320.81 mph.

NAPA Auto Parts sponsored Funny Car pilot Ron Capps is the No. 3 qualifier. The Carlsbad, California native went 3.987 at 317.05 mph.

Funny Car Elimination Ladder:

  • Tommy Johnson Jr. vs. Alexis DeJoria
  • Matt Hagan vs. Jack Beckman
  • Ron Capps vs. Tim Wilkerson
  • Cruz Pedregon vs. Jim Campbell
  • J.R. Todd vs. Mike McIntire Jr.
  • Blake Alexander vs. Terry Haddock
  • Bob Tasca III vs. Bob Bode Jr.
  • Dale Creasy Jr. vs. Paul Lee

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