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CARQUEST AUTO PARTS NHRA NATIONALS: NHRA MELLO YELLO SERIES PRO WINNERS……. LEAH PRITCHETT IN TOP FUEL …… TIM WILKERSON IN FUNNY CAR………….JASON LINE IN PRO STOCK!

TOMMY JOHNSON JR. INSPIRED TO DO WELL BY MAKE-A-WISH CHILDREN

TOMMY JOHNSON JR. INSPIRED TO DO WELL BY MAKE-A-WISH CHILDREN

Tommy-Johnson-Jr_D3B9759Tommy Johnson Jr. and the Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T team were disappointed leaving the first race of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season two weeks ago when they ended qualified in the bottom half of the field and lost in the first round. But Johnson remained optimistic that his crew chief John Collins would figure out what went wrong and could fix it before heading into the second race of the series this weekend in the NHRA Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix. And he was right after his team rebounded and landed in the No. 7 qualifying spot, running 3.965 seconds at 318.77 mph. “After struggling with the car so bad in Pomona, then to come in here to Phoenix and qualify well really helped us out,” said Johnson. “It’s a nice boost of confidence to know we have our car back after Pomona. Qualifying in the top half of the field going into race day tomorrow, I’m pretty confident we have a good race car.” It was also a special day here in Phoenix for the Make-A-Wish team and sponsor Terry Chandler who bring children who have had wishes granted by the foundation to attend the race. They are able to bring their families, meet the crew and get special souvenirs to remember the day. Joining the children this weekend was the CEO of Make-A-Wish, David Williams. “It was a great day with the kids here today,” said Johnson. “Having the Make-A-Wish headquarters here in Phoenix, and having David Williams out here to watch today inspired us to do better.” There was one child who was at the track Saturday that provided Johnson with added motivation to raise the coveted Wally trophy. “We had one boy, Avery, who was out here for testing three weeks ago and he had never been to a drag race. Well, he fell in love with it. He ended up in the hospital early this week and he told the doctors he had to be out by Friday so he could go to the races. They wanted to keep him another day and he said ‘No, I have to go to the drag races.’  So to have him fight that hard to get back out here to watch us and root on the Make-A-Wish team was pretty special. We want to go out and do well for Avery tomorrow.”