Hometown Favorite Allen Johnson Captures No. 1 Qualifier Award, Advances

By Auto News Log • June 21st, 2010

Team Mopar® NHRA Pro Stock driver and local favorite Allen Johnson, from nearby Greeneville, Tenn., captured his first career No. 1 Qualifier Award at his home track of Bristol Dragway and advanced to the semifinals at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals on Sunday, June 20.

Johnson captured the pole, his second of the year and ninth of his career, with a 6.722-second pass at 205.10 mph in his Mopar Dodge Avenger on Saturday. He knocked off Warren Johnson (no relation) with a 6.744/205.05 pass in the first round of eliminations, then won a battle of Mopar HEMI®-powered Dodge Avengers with Vinnie Deceglie on the strength of a 6.729/205.04 run. Johnson left first off the starting line in his semifinals fight with Rickie Jones but shook the tires hard as Jones pulled away for the win.

The Bristol homecoming had even more significance than usual for Johnson, as his father and engine builder, Roy Johnson, also competed in his Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak car in Stock Eliminator at Bristol. The event marked the first time the father-and-son duo had raced together in an NHRA event since 1981.

The elder Johnson showed absolutely no rust after his near 30-year layoff from racing, taking the No. 2 spot in qualifying with a 10.630 elapsed time, 1.220 under index. The 68-year-old stunned the Stock Eliminator field, defeating Mike Moller, Monty Bogan Jr., David Rampy and Tex Miller before losing to Russell Johnson on a red light in the semifinals.

Allen Johnson remains second in the NHRA Pro Stock standings heading into the next event, the fourth annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Norwalk, Ohio, June 25–27. For more info on the NHRA, visit http://www.nhra.com.

Source: Mopar Speed


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