Seattle’s NHRA Northwest Nationals provided iconic Pro Stock driver Warren Johnson with his first round win in over a year. The proclaimed Professor of Pro Stock racing said he celebrated the monumental victory by trying to figure out how he pulled off the feat.
Johnson defeated Shane Gray. He doesn’t believe the toughness of the class should be measured by his success or failure.
“We’re simply not spending any money,” said Johnson. “These guys out here just spend themselves into oblivion for ego sake and I’m not willing to do that. We are just out here experimenting.”
Johnson isn’t blind to the reality he could close up shop and become a well-compensated crew chief and engine builder since losing his corporate backing at the end of the 2008 season. Principle keeps him from headed this route.
“You could, but then you’d become a babysitter and I have no interest in that,” said Johnson. “I used to do that when I built engines for people. I learned during this time the driver is always right and the chassis and engine builders are wrong. The ones who are spending the money are always right. I just don’t have time for the intellectual intercourse.”
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