Team Mopar® Driver Allen Johnson Eyes Twin Wins At NHRA Gatornationals

By Auto News Log • March 9th, 2010

Allen Johnson will get a rare opportunity at the 41st Annual Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville (Fla.) Raceway this weekend—the chance to claim two wins at one NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event. The Team Mopar Pro Stock driver is a threat to win both the postponed elimination rounds of the NHRA Arizona Nationals, which will be contested during qualifying at Gainesville on March 12–13, and the Gatornationals crown on Sunday, March 14.

Johnson has experience in the race-within-a-race format. He won the 2008 K&N Horsepower Challenge during the qualifying rounds of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. The Pro Stock Mopar Dodge Avenger driver hopes to put his prior experience to good use at Gainesville.

“It would obviously be a huge early-season boost to double up and win both the Arizona event and the Gatornationals in one weekend,” said Johnson. “It would be like the K&N Challenge. Gainesville is one of my favorite races, being near spring time. I’ve always wanted to win that race.”

Johnson will join a number of his fellow Mopar-powered NHRA stars as well as Dodge Motorsports NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Kurt Busch and Mopar racing legend “Big Daddy” Don Garlits in autograph sessions scheduled to take place at the Mopar Image Center in the manufacturers midway at Gainesville.

Garlits will sign autographs for fans at the Mopar Image Center at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 12. Johnson and Mopar HEMI-powered Pro Stock drivers V. Gaines and Vinnie Deceglie will appear from 10:30–11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 13. NHRA Funny Car racers Ron Capps, Jack Beckman, Matt Hagan and Melanie Troxel will visit for a signing session following the first round of qualifying on Saturday.

Busch will race his 1970 Dodge Challenger in the NHRA Super Gas Sportsman class at Gainesville. The driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Penske Racing Dodge Charger on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will also take part in an autograph session at the Mopar Image Center. The date and time of Busch’s appearance will be available later in the week at http://www.mopar.com.

The 41st Annual Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals is scheduled to take place March 11–14 at Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Fla. Two hours of qualifying coverage will air on Sunday, March 14, beginning at 12 a.m. (ET) on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD. Three hours of eliminations coverage will air on Sunday beginning at 6 p.m. (ET) on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD. For more information on the NHRA, log on to http://www.nhra.com.

Source: Mopar Speed

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