Johnson, Farber Mopar Winners
Bristol NHRA Victories
Larry Jewett - June 17, 2014 05:53 PM
Tommy Johnson Jr. with the Make-A-Wish Charger R/TCourtesy of Chrysler Media
Peter Farber won the Pro Mod portion of the Bristol event.Courtesy of NHRA
Don Schumacher Racing driver Tommy Johnson Jr. drove his Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T to the team’s first Funny Car win of the season at the 14th annual National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.
"This is third time I've won on Father's Day," said Johnson after earning his 10th career win and the first in seven years and 53 events that also occurred on Father’s Day. "I love the fans, the sound of Thunder Valley. There's nothing like it. This is a great facility. It was a tricky racetrack today, and all the guys on my team did a great job.
“And it makes it even better to associate with Make-A-Wish and raise awareness for them, it's just great,” added Johnson. “We just let everyone know what great things they do for these kids that are fighting life-threatening illnesses. To see them smile when they're going through tough things warms my heart and now we got them a win."
To get to the final elimination, Johnson defeated Cruz Pedregon and Robert Hight, only to be paired with his Mopar teammate Matt Hagan. The HEMI-powered duo treated fans to an exciting semifinal showdown won by Johnson with a 4.201 second (299.46 mph) elapsed time run to a 4.207 second (293.54 mph) pass by the Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T. Johnson then took the victory over Tim Wilkerson to leapfrog the Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T four sports into third place in the championship points race.
Peter Farber raced to his first career victory during the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals presented by Tri-Cities Area Ford Dealers at Bristol Dragway.
Farber, the No. 13 qualifier, drove his PJ and Sons Towing/CRC Brakeleen ‘69 Dodge Daytona to a 6.087-second pass at 240.51 mph to defeat No. 7 seed Steve Matusek in the final.
Farber defeated Danny Rowe, Dan Stevenson and Jim Laurita en route to his first career final. With the victory, Farber moves to the eighth position in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series points standings.