Change motive force Tommy Johnson Jr. wins NHRA playoff opener


MOHNTON, PA. —
Tommy Johnson Jr. received the Mopar Categorical Lane NHRA Nationals on Sunday as an alternative motive force for Matt Hagan, beating John Power within the Humorous Automobile ultimate within the playoff opener.

With Hagan getting better from COVID-19, Don Schumacher Racing became their Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat over to the 53-year-old Johnson ultimate week in Indianapolis. On Sunday at Maple Grove Raceway, he beat the 72-year-old Power with a three.926-second move at 330.23 mph for his 22nd occupation Humorous Automobile victory.

“It is exhausting to take a seat out that lengthy,” Johnson stated. “To take care of and stay forward of the auto. You’ll force them however so as to force them smartly, it’s important to be forward of the auto. Each and every run, it were given extra comfy and extra comfy.

“Because the day went on, I stored getting extra comfortable and through the general spherical, it was once like, `Hello there may be not anything to it now.’ It was once beautiful cool. After I threw the chutes and the win gentle got here on, I simply burst out giggling as a result of I could not consider it.”

Hagan gained the issues Johnson’s earned.

Billy Torrence received in Most sensible Gasoline, Greg Anderson in Professional Inventory and Steve Johnson in Professional Inventory Bike.

Torrence edged Justin Ashley with a three.720 at 326.08, Anderson tied Warren Johnson for occupation wins at 97, edging Erica Enders with a 6.578 at 208.30 in a Chevrolet Camaro, and Steve Johnson beat Eddie Krawiec with a 6.775 at 196.87 on a Suzuki.



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