Johnson Family Racing
Kevin Johnson, Owner & Driver
1990: First pass in my street-driven 1968 Camaro with a 350 Small Block Chevy with a Powerglide rolling on 3.73 gears ran mid-13’s around 100 mph. I’d get to the track open the headers up, pull the set of slicks out of the trunk, change the plugs and head to the lanes. Used a line lock too.
2004: First low 11-second pass at 120+ mph in my first race car a 454 Big Block Chevy and a Powerglide an all-steel & glass, 1967 Camaro, Large Orange. Ran in the Pro class at Maple Grove and Super Chevy event each year. Friend and Car Chief Rick Sturz drove the car a few times getting some experience behind the wheel while he builds his Chevelle.
Circa 1972-73. Behind the wheel of the family’s 150″ front-engine dragster, the original Quarter Pounder, and the desire to drive a race car has never left me.
2005-2007: Restored and raced a 1969 Injected Alcohol Nostalgia Front Engine Dragster with a 454 Big Block Chevy and a Powerglide, Quarter Pounder (III) running low 9’s at 145 mph. Launching hard up against the wheelie bars this dragster was fun to drive.
2008-present: Restored and raced 1967 Camaro Injected Alcohol Nostalgia Funny Car Glory Daze running mid 9’s at 140 mph so far via a 454 Big Block Chevy and powerglide. Originally a nitro funny car from Colorado the car was built in 1967 by famed builder Mark Williams. Wheels-up launches on every pass keeps this Logghe-style, first-generation funny car alive and on the track for fans of all ages to see.
2011-2014: Building the 1979 Trans Am Blown Alcohol Nostalgia Funny Car, Quarter Pounder (IV) running a (427) Big Block Chevy and a ATI ProGlide 2-speed transmission. Couldn’t have done it without the help of Rocky’s Rod Shop in High Bridge, NJ!
2015: The Quarter Pounder finally hits the track. After a late start to the season for driver Kevin Johnson the Quarter Pounder ran 8’s at 165+ mph and made some big burnouts and dry hops hopefully pleasing the fans in the stands. New rods, an oil pan and some paint to the body and chassis are all planned for the off-season.
2016: The season started late and not until Memorial Day Weekend did the Quarter Pounder hit the track. The Funny Car Nationals was the first event and Keystone Nationals was the last. Best time of 7.77 at 173mph for the driver. To be continued with a new blower and design for 2017.
2017: New look and new parts, including a new blower, for the Quarter Pounder. Looking to do big burnouts and dry hops again this season along with personal best elapsed times. So far we’re at 7.64 for elapsed time and 177 is the top mph.
2018: More shows, better e.t.’s and mph’s! Events had us traveling west to Pittsburgh, PA down to Reading, PA & way down to Virginia! Unfortunately transmission problems plagued the QP again and ended the year on a low note. 7.60 and 177 mph are the bests to-date.