Tommy Johnson Jr. goes to final four-car round in Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T at Four-Wide Nationals at Charlotte.
Tommy Johnson Jr. drove his Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T to the final round at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, leading the charge for all Mopar Dodge//SRT drivers during weekend action at zMAX Dragway near Charlotte, North Carolina in a race won by Cruz Pedregon.
Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car
(No. 3 Qualifier – 3.887 ET at 328.70 mph)
Rd.1: (.089 -second reaction time, 4.374 seconds at 215.00 mph), lost to No. 6 Cruz Pedregon (.072/4.156/243.55), defeated No. 14 John Smith (.341/4.315/256.84), defeated No. 11 Matt Hagan (.091/5.145/127.07)
Pedregon and Johnson advance to round 2.
Rd.2: (.187 -second reaction time, 4.007 seconds at 275.39 mph), lost to No. 6 Cruz Pedregon (.088/4.055/309.20), defeated No. 7 Robert Hight (.084/4.610/192.49), defeated No. 2 Ron Capps (.060/5.233/140.44)
Pedregon and Johnson advance to finals.
Finals: (.084 -second reaction time, 4.143 seconds at 314.02 mph), lost to No. 6 Cruz Pedregon (.032/4.059/310.84), lost to No. 8 John Force (.090/4.098/307.93), defeated No. 1 Courtney Force (.099/6.215/114.46)
Johnson finishes third place in the final quad.
“It’s just a challenge for everybody out here today. The change of the track prep has really thrown the crew chiefs for a curve. We saw a lot of carnage and a lot of teams struggling to get a hold of the track and we made nice run in the semifinals and had a low ET of the semifinals and we kind of thought we had a handle on it. Then once we got out there for the final, it was really running well then broke the tires loose. We’ll have to figure it out. We’ll see if we can’t keep chipping away.”
2018 NHRA Championship — Point Standings After Round 6 of 24 (Season Wins in Parentheses)
NHRA Funny Car
1. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger R/T (1) — 466
2. Courtney Force (1) — 425
3. J.R. Todd (2) — 403
4. Matt Hagan, Dodge Charger R/T (1) — 395
5. Robert Hight — 381
6. Tommy Johnson Jr., Dodge Charger R/T —376
7. Ron Capps, Dodge Charger R/T — 352
8. Cruz Pedregon (1) — 274
9. Shawn Langdon — 269
10. Jonnie Lindberg — 256