Warren Johnson makes NHRA history at O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals
April 10, 2005 - Warren Johnson recorded his 93rd career victory at the O�Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals on Sunday, making him the oldest driver in NHRA history to win a national event.
Piloting the NHRA Pro Stock GM Performance Parts Pontiac Grand Am to a qualifying 6.696 second @ 205.63 MPH pass, WJ set the pace for the rest of the event, setting low ET and top speed for the event. WJ then dispatched in short order of Richie Stevens, Greg Stanfield, Dave Connolly, and Jason Line to win the event in his 145th final round appearance.
"I started racing when they had wood-spoke wheels," quipped the 61-year-old Johnson when he found out he was the oldest driver to ever win a national event, taking that honor from Eddie Hill who won his last national event at age 60.
With the win at Houston WJ moves into the POWERade Pro Stock point lead by 26 points over Dave Connolly.
Warren Johnson is a six-time NHRA Pro Stock Champion (1992, 1993, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2001) as well as the first Pro Stock driver to break the 200 MPH, 190 MPH, and 180 MPH barriers. With 134 event low ET�s and 198 event top speed marks, WJ has the most career low elapsed times and top speeds amongst all NHRA drivers.