Mar 15, 2015; Gainesville, FL, USA; Funny car winner Ron Capps (left) and NHRA top fuel driver Spencer Massey celebrate together after winning the Gatornationals at Auto Plus Raceway at Gainesville. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Johnson Jr. Ready for 2016 Gatornationals

The 47th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals continue today with the second of four days in this storied competition of speed, grit, and execution. In the Funny Car competition, Tommy Johnson Jr. will compete at a place where his whole career began, at the Gatornationals.

Since 1989, Johnson has been a staple of the NHRA scene. In 1994, he became of member of the Slick 50 300-mph club after clocking a speed of 302.1 mph at Houston Raceway Park. Later that same season, Johnson set the NHRA speed record with a top speed of 306.64-mph in Kansas. Johnson holds 12 personal titles in his career, with 10 in Funny Car and two in Top Fuel.

Overall, Johnson has had an accomplished career in a lot of different facets of racing.

This weekend, Johnson is looking to continue his Funny Car success. In order to get a head start on the competition, Johnson and his team took extra runs this offseason in Gainesville to be best prepared to handle any track conditions thrown their way.

Besides their normal race preparations, Johnson will also be racing for a special cause. He is being sponsored by the Make A Wish Foundation, an organization that he feels performs terrific work in many different areas. Overall, the weekend is set to continue the Gatornationals tradition of excellent racing while also benefitting a host of different organizations.

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