2017-11-12 Tommy Johnson Jr ran 3.920 seconds at 329.10 mph to win the final round and snatch his second victory of the season and his 15th overall Funny Car career.
Last year's Funny Car Champ, Tommy Johnson Jr. won the final round against Robert Hight who had engine troubles in the final round. Tommy beat Bob Bode, Alexis Dejoria (now retired) and Jack Beckman to get to the final round against Robert Hight who had to out run Tim Wilkerson, Matt Hagan and Courtney Force.
“It was a very moving year. We had a very difficult year with the loss of Terry Chandler (Terry Chandler, late mentor and friend who funded the team). I would not be here, if it was not for her. She gave me the chance to fly after five years without a steering wheel. I was determined to have this victory for Terry. It’s a good day. Victory was not easy. The guys did a great job.”
“We won one year ago at this race with Terry and I really wanted to win this for her.” Said Tommy Johnson Jr. “I tried several times this year to get a win for her but we just couldn't get it done. I thought this is the last one and we’re going to do it this weekend. She was a great lady and we're going to miss her dearly. Our entire team has had a lot of family deaths this year, three guys on my team lost a family member this year. Been a rough year for us but we kept fighting. After going into the sand the second round it showed the kind of fight we had. We wanted to win this for Terry and that’s why I said, ‘This win is for Terry!’”