Occasionally, we run some poetry here at Drag Racing Online. Chris
Martin has written a few poems. Ian Tocher also wrote a Christmas
poem that got some good reviews from our readers. Lately we've been
getting submissions from our friend Bob Fisher. Bob is the originator
of the famous Nitro Fish you see on all the T-shirts. He is also a long
time friend of John Force and worked on that team for better than two
decades. You may not know it, but he is also a poet and over the years
we have read a lot of his stuff -- most of which can't be released or
read by the general non-racing public. But recently he sent us the
following poem about Don Schumacher's team and we like it enough to
publish it. In fact, Chris Martin has said he may have more poetry, so
we decided to make it an occasional department.
The cry went out from Chi-town Don:
We need us a win if we expect to go on
We got enough money, parts and crew,
We just need someone to show them the right
things to do.
Tony said, "Hey, Pa, who shall we get?
I got someone in mind but I ain't talked
to him yet."
"Come on, Pa, gimme a hint," Tony
And Don said, "Okay, he's been helping
"Holy cow," Tony yelled, "Alan
Johnson? You think he'd come?"
The three-time Winston champ we might win
and it would be fun.
Don said, "I don't know, but I'll give
him a call
And if he does come it would be a good thing
for us all."
So Don made the call; A.J. said yes
But there wasn't any time for the new tuner
They took the car to the track where the
work was all done
Then it was Friday and time for the first
Testin' a new tune up is usually the rule
But A.J. told Don not to worry, everthing's
So they warmed it up. Everything was fine
And 90 minutes later they were up on the
A tidy little 4.60 with no damage done
And a couple laps later they ran 4.51.
Sunday's race was a lesson for sure
And the Army's back on the championship tour
'Cause a tuner named A.J. took this car and
And from here on out he'll be known as "the
Alan of One."