Warren Johnson scored his first NHRA national event victory at the 1982 Summernationals in Englishtown, defeating reigning champion Lee Shepherd in the final round. Once he tasted victory, Johnson's appetite for winning became insatiable. He has won at least one national event for 20 consecutive years — the longest active winning streak in NHRA drag racing.
Johnson utterly dominated Pro Stock in the 1990s, winning championships in 1992, 1993, 1995, 1998, and 1999. When he didn't win the championship, he finished second or third. He won 30 percent of the races and appeared in 44 percent of the final rounds. He claimed four consecutive U.S. Nationals crowns from 1992 to 1995 and ended the decade with his sixth career Indy title in 1999. W.J. reached drag racing's last great milestone with his barrier-breaking 200-mph run in April 1997, and in 1999 he made history again by running the top speed at every event on the calendar.