Team Mopar®’s Allen Johnson Claims Runner-up at Norwalk, Locks in Spot in Countdown

By Auto News Log • June 28th, 2010

Team Mopar® NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson made the 20th final round appearance of his career and came away with a runner-up finish on Sunday, June 27, at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.

The Mopar Dodge Avenger driver squared off against Greg Anderson in the finals at Summit Motorsports Park, but strayed out of the groove midway down the track to watch his opponent take the win light. It was Johnson’s third runner-up finish of the season and provides momentum as the team prepares to head off on a three-race Western Swing.

It was an all-HEMI® matchup in the semifinals, as the Team Mopar Dodge Avenger went against the Mopar-powered Dodge Avenger of V. Gaines. Johnson easily advanced as Gaines slowed to a 6.976-second, 204.05 mph run vs. 6.740/206.01 for Johnson.

Johnson’s journey through the first two rounds of eliminations was not as easy. Rookie Shane Gray beat Johnson off the starting line in the first round, but the Team Mopar driver ran him down to win by approximately eight inches on a 6.718-second elapsed time at 206.16 mph. Johnson then had to run down Greg Stanfield in the quarterfinals, but ended up with a more substantial win margin of 15 feet on a 6.734/205.69 pass.

By virtue of his first round win over Gray, Johnson became the second Pro Stock driver to clinch a spot in the Countdown to 1 playoffs. He joins point leader Mike Edwards with locked-in spots with four races remaining in the 17-race regular season, which runs through the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd Aug. 12-15 and sets 10-driver fields for the six-race Countdown. The playoffs begin at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals and conclude at the Automobile Club of Southern California World Finals in mid-November.

Next up is the 23rd NHRA Northwest Nationals in Kent, Wash., July 9–11. For more info on the NHRA, visit http://www.nhra.com.

Source: Mopar Speed

 

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