It’s been over five weeks since the Pro Stock Motorcycle class last raced, and Steve Johnson still hasn’t stopped celebrating his victory at the NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals. The class is back at this weekend’s Summit Racing Equipment NHRA National Championships at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, and Johnson will look to continue after securing victory in the final race of the class.
It was the veteran’s first win in more than seven years, and he did it in style on his Slick 50 Suzuki, setting the track record and achieving the fastest pass on a Suzuki in the history of the Pro Stock motorcycle. The new four-valve Suzuki has already shown impressive potential, and now Johnson will try to keep moving forward at Norwalk.
“I wanted to celebrate for another five weeks,” Johnson said. “We’re trying to learn all of these things about this Suzuki, and it’s fascinating. We have worked hard, but when you are successful you have to recognize it and celebrate it. I’m really, really happy, and it was the biggest and most satisfying victory of my career. My team and I really want to go back and do the best we can. It’s really exciting and it’s been a lot of fun.
“I wanted to celebrate for another five weeks. We’re trying to learn all of these things about this Suzuki, and it’s fascinating. ” –Steve Johnson
The race is the fifth for riders in the two-wheel category, and after starting slowly on Friday, Johnson made a big jump to open the second round of qualifying on Saturday. He made a huge jump to second place with one qualifying session remaining, clocking 6.853 seconds at 196.44 mph.
Johnson enjoyed a career rebirth on the new Suzuki, qualifying for two final rounds and winning in Charlotte. He placed him third in points, and he’s feeling a lot of excitement getting ready for this weekend’s race at Norwalk. The huge fan base is thirsty for NHRA racing for the first time since 2019, and Johnson will be hoping to stay on the winning track against a talented class of Pro Stock bikes that includes points leader and five-time defending champion Matt Smith. event winner Andrew Hines, Scotty Pollacheck, Angelle Sampey, Scotty Pollacheck, Eddie Krawiec, Angie Smith and Ryan Oehler.
“We are delighted with this race. It’s fun to run in the summer when it’s so hard, and we can eat ice cream there, ”Johnson said. “The Bader family are great and this race is so important to us. We’ve seen incredible fan and crowd participation in these last two races, and I really believe the Ohio and Norwalk are going to be even bigger. We focus on getting out there and doing well at Norwalk.
The final eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 27. TV coverage includes the qualifiers on FS1 at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday and 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, followed by the live eliminations on FOX at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
To purchase general admission or reserved seats, visit www.summitmotorsportspark.com. Children 12 and under are free in general admission areas with a paying adult. A number of campsites are also available for purchase. The track has over 900 campsites for the weekend and there are only a very limited number left for the race.