Allen Johnson’s Goal: One More Round At Inaugural NHRA Four-Wide Nationals

By Auto News Log • March 23rd, 2010

The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series will make history at the Inaugural NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, but for Team Mopar® NHRA Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson, it’s all about making the final at zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C.

Johnson will gladly accept the three semifinal appearances and the second spot in the point standings he has claimed following the first three events on the 2010 NHRA schedule, all while breaking in his new HEMI®-powered Mopar Dodge Avenger. But after coming up short in three consecutive semifinal showdowns with defending NHRA Pro Stock champ Mike Edwards, Johnson is itching to advance one more round and make his first final appearance of the season and 18th of his 15-year NHRA career.

“We have to at least get one step farther and get to the final,” said Johnson, driver and owner of the J&J Racing team, based in his hometown of Greeneville, Tenn. “I’d like to be able to qualify in the top three and get on the opposite side of the ladder so we don’t have to meet Mike until the final. But he has shown he can be beaten, too [Edwards lost to Jason Line on a holeshot in the NHRA Gatornationals final].”

Inaugural NHRA Four-Wide Nationals attendees will witness for the first time in NHRA history four-wide racing during qualifying and eliminations. “It’s certainly different. It should be exciting for the fans,” Johnson said. “I can roll with it as well as anybody can. You’ve got to run your own race.”

Johnson will once again lend his support to the non-profit organization B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe) at zMAX Dragway. B.R.A.K.E.S. was founded by NHRA Top Fuel driver Doug Herbert in memory of his two sons who were killed in a car accident. By training and educating teenage drivers and their parents, the foundation aims to promote safe driving in an attempt to prevent injuries and save lives.

Johnson will donate the jacket of his racing firesuit for a B.R.A.K.E.S. silent auction at the event and will also appear as one of many NHRA special guests at a B.R.A.K.E.S. pancake fundraiser scheduled to take place Saturday morning, March 27, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. “I’ve been a huge supporter of B.R.A.K.E.S. ever since the organization was founded,” said Johnson. “The group’s mission to educate teens about the need to be responsible and safe while driving helps save lives.”

The Inaugural NHRA Four-Wide Nationals is scheduled to take place March 25–28 at zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C. Two hours of qualifying coverage will air on Saturday, March 27, beginning at 7 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD. Two-and-a-half hours of eliminations coverage will air on Sunday, March 28, beginning at 5 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD. For more information on the NHRA, log on to http://www.nhra.com. For more information on B.R.A.K.E.S., visit http://www.putonthebrakes.org.

Source: Mopar Speed

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