Ray Johnson (Elgin, Illinois) faced some tough competition in Pro Lightning with Ross Lentin, Frank Likert, and Paul Duckett all capable of running high-9s or better. Johnson, who had picked up half of a second over the summer thanks to a new set of TEA-ported cylinder heads, posted the fastest qualifying time at 9.59 seconds, which took him to the final. Likert crashed out in the semis, prompting the LightningFest staff to run the remaining Pro eliminations as singles. Johnson went to the final, where he squared off against Jeff Jaeger, who had a minor collision with Frank Likert in a previous round. Johnson opted to turn up the wick, but the truck started to blow out the spark, and he pedaled his '94 'bolt to a 10.70 at 134. Jaeger had problems of his own and crossed the finish with an 11.04 effort.