Walk around the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle pits since 1987 and you have surely run in to Steve Johnson. The longest-active racer in the class, Steve is also PSM’s unofficial carnival barker, using any camera time he can grab to promote the class. With energetic, high-pitched and entertaining ramblings, he is a media darling. Love him or just annoyed by him, there is no doubt that Steve Johnson is PSM’s biggest cheerleader and we applaud him for that.
Steve took the win at the NHRA PSM opener, the Amalie Gatornationals in Gainesville, FL, with a final round victory over Scotty Pollacheck. His sixth NHRA career victory comes with some interesting facts: At 53, Steve is now the oldest PSM winner; This is his first win since the won Charlotte in 2008 and it is the first time a Suzuki has won an NHRA national event since Michael Phillips made the winners circle in 2011 at Dallas.
The best part for us was Steve being visited in the Winners Circle by Christina Myers, daughter of the late great multi-time PSM champ John Myers. It brought a tear to the eye.
And yes, we can now use the term “NHRA points leader Steve Johnson”.
Photos by Matt Polito
Thanks to @LBStatGuy for the facts and figures.