Team Mopar Driver Allen Johnson Seeks Second Win at Atlanta Dragway
Johnson involved in relief efforts after severe tornadoes hit his hometown of Greeneville, Tenn.

Allen Johnson
Allen Johnson

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Auburn Hills, Mich. — Mopar® Dodge Avenger NHRA Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson returns to action this week at a track that he is very familiar with and at which he has experienced a good amount of success over the years — Atlanta Dragway, site of the 31st Annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, May 13–15.

Johnson won at Atlanta in 2002 after qualifying third, claiming the second Pro Stock victory of his career. The Team Mopar veteran has since gone on to claim six more event wins. Last season the native of Greeneville, Tenn., was the top qualifier at the Southern Nationals, setting low elapsed time (ET) of the event with a pass of 6.634-seconds at 208.23 mph.

“It’s close to home,” said Johnson, when asked about his past success at Atlanta. “It was our home track for the longest time until Bristol came about. We’ve done a lot of testing down there over the years. We can wait until the last minute to go down there and work on the engines and some development stuff a little longer. We are always pumped and primed when we get to that track.”

Johnson continues to build upon the early part of the 2011 season and is currently ninth in the NHRA Pro Stock point standings. The J&J Racing team owner and driver advanced to the second round of the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals last month in Charlotte, N.C.

I’ve been driving pretty well and we are right there, I think.

Allen Johnson

“I feel like we are really close with the Mopar Dodge Avenger,” shared Johnson. “I’ve been driving pretty well and we are right there, I think. We just have to be patient. We could have gone to the finals at Houston with what we ran in that first round, but it was just the wrong draw against the only car that had a better time than us. I’m looking forward to Atlanta, and I think we can go some rounds.”

Johnson involved in relief efforts after severe tornadoes hit his hometown of Greeneville, Tenn.

Prior to heading to Atlanta, Johnson has been involved in relief efforts following the deadly tornadoes that ripped through the South on April 27. Three tornadoes touched down just a couple of miles from his home in Greeneville, Tenn., with seven people losing their lives in the destruction. The community, including Johnson and employees at his business, Greeneville Oil and Petroleum, have banded together since the tragedy to aid in the cleanup.

“We are helping out with the disaster relief as best as we can,” said Johnson. “A number of my company employees are helping out with funds and fuel and things like that. We’ll continue to help out as best as we can and wish all those affected nothing but the best.”

-source: mopar