Hometown Favorites Allen and Roy Johnson Take Aim at Pair of Mopar-Powered Wins at Thunder Valley Nationals

By Auto News Log • June 16th, 2010

The Team Mopar® father-and-son duo of Allen and Roy Johnson hope to have two very special reasons to celebrate Father’s Day this Sunday.

NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Mopar Dodge Avenger driver Allen Johnson will seek his first Pro Stock win at his home track of Bristol (Tenn.) Dragway, while his father and engine builder, Roy Johnson, will end a nearly 30-year retirement from competition and attempt to capture the Stock Eliminator victory in his new Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak car at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, June 18–20.

The two Greeneville, Tenn. natives have raced together since the late 1970s, first driving Super Stock Mopars in NHRA and IHRA competition. Upon his retirement, Roy Johnson focused on building engines for his son Allen, who has competed in a Mopar-powered Pro Stock car since the 1996 NHRA campaign. Allen rewarded his father for his years of hard work and support by surprising Roy with a brand-new Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak vehicle last Christmas. The duo will race together for the first time since 1981 this weekend at Bristol, the “home court” for their J&J Racing team.

“It’s going to be really exciting racing with Dad again,” said Allen Johnson. “It would be huger than huge if we could both get wins on Sunday, and on Father’s Day to boot. His mission is to qualify No. 1 in Stock Eliminator, and my mission is to qualify No. 1 in Pro Stock. Then we can get out there and try to do something good.”

Roy Johnson will compete in the F-Stock Automatic (F/SA) class in Stock Eliminator at Bristol. The 68-year-old engine builder is taking an optimistic and light-hearted approach to his return to racing action.

“I feel real good about it. We have the Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak all together,” said Roy Johnson. “The weakest link will be me as driver, because I haven’t had time to make laps. I know I’ll be hearing it from the guys on the team, because I’ve been telling everybody what they’ve been doing wrong for so long, now they’ll be telling me what I’m doing wrong. But it’s all in fun, and that’s the whole point of it, to have fun.”

“I have a good feeling about the race,” said Allen Johnson, currently second in the Pro Stock point standings. “We were the fastest car in the last qualifying session and in the opening round of eliminations at [the previous race] in Englishtown. Hopefully we can carry that over this weekend and get our first Pro Stock win at our home track.”

The NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals is scheduled to take place June 18–20 at Bristol Dragway in Bristol, Tenn. Two hours of qualifying coverage will air on Saturday, June 19, beginning at 7 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD. Three hours of eliminations coverage will air on Sunday, June 20, beginning at 4 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD. For more information on the NHRA, log on to http://www.nhra.com.

Source: Mopar Speed




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