Team Mopar® Driver Johnson Notches Third Straight Semis Appearance Of Season At NHRA Gatornationals

By Auto News Log • March 15th, 2010

NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson advanced to the semifinals at the 41st Annual Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals on Sunday, March 14, losing to Mike Edwards in the penultimate round. The outing at Gainesville (Fla.) Raceway marked Johnson’s third straight semifinals appearance since the debut of his new Pro Stock Mopar® Dodge Avenger.

The Team Mopar driver qualified No. 4 in his HEMI®-powered Dodge and went up against Shane Gray in the first round. Johnson’s pass of 6.587-seconds at 210.64 mph bested Gray’s 6.616/209.69 pass. The quarterfinals saw A.J. face V. Gaines in a battle of Mopar-powered Pro Stock Dodge Avengers, with the J&J Racing driver and team owner knocking out Gaines with a pass of 6.600/210.05.

Johnson faced Edwards in the semifinals for the third straight event and the second time in two days, following the running of the rescheduled NHRA Arizona Nationals during NHRA Gatornationals qualifying yesterday. Just as in their Saturday dustup, Johnson was unable to get past the defending Pro Stock champion. The Greeneville, Tenn. native’s 6.596/210.54 run was strong and second quickest of the session but not enough to overtake Edwards’ 6.564/211.23 pass.

“It’s a case of, ‘We’re happy, but then we’re not happy,’” said Johnson. “We’ve been to three straight semis, we’re second in points leaving here, and we’ve got to be happy with that. But we have to figure out a way to outrun Mike. We’ll test in Charlotte next week with the Mopar Dodge Avenger and work on a few things. We’ll see if we can’t catch him at the next race in Charlotte.”

Next up is the Inaugural NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, March 25–28 in Charlotte, N.C. For more information on the NHRA, visit

Source: Mopar Speed


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