Past Success in Houston Gives Allen Johnson High Hopes for Victory Johnson seeks first win, final round appearance of the season at NHRA Spring Nationals Auburn Hills, Mich. -- Team Mopar0x00ae's Allen Johnson has collected four consecutive ...
Past Success in Houston Gives Allen Johnson High Hopes for Victory Johnson seeks first win, final round appearance of the season at NHRA Spring Nationals
Auburn Hills, Mich. -- Team Mopar0x00ae's Allen Johnson has collected four consecutive semifinals appearances to open the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season, but like any true competitor he's far from satisfied. The NHRA Pro Stock Mopar Dodge Avenger pilot, craving a shot at a Wally trophy, needs look no further than his previous track record at Houston Raceway Park to find encouragement as he seeks his first final round appearance--and victory--of the season this weekend at the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals.
Johnson scored a runner-up finish at the NHRA Houston event in 2007 and qualified No. 2 and advanced to the semifinals in 2008. Factor in his new Pro Stock Mopar Dodge Avenger, which Johnson feels is superior to his previous ride, and it's no wonder the Greeneville, Tenn. native and his J&J Racing team have a promising feeling heading to the Lone Star State.
"I've been to a final at Houston and performed well there in the past, so we're going to go there with a good attitude and hopefully make our first final of the year," said Johnson. "This track can get a little iffy if the sun is out, plus you've got really good air here, usually. Getting the power down to a marginal track, especially on Sunday, is probably the key here."
Johnson is currently third in the point standings and has nothing but praise for his new Mopar HEMI0x00ae-powered Dodge Avenger, but the Team Mopar veteran is still working to fine tune his ride. Johnson and his J&J Racing crew, including crew chief Mark Ingersoll and team engine builder Roy Johnson, Allen's father, plan to make adjustments during test sessions today and tomorrow.
"The season so far, I'd give us a B+ on all the ingredients--the driver, the car, the motors," said Allen Johnson. "To be where we are, we feel good about the rest of the year. We're going to try some different things in testing this week to improve the car a bit and to get the window on the car a little bigger. We have to hit it perfectly every time to make good runs. We'll try to make some changes and get that window a little bigger so we don't have to hit the nail right on the head every single time to make a solid run.
"The Mopar Dodge has been great. Our job is to keep finessing it to where it's really consistent and really good by the time the Countdown rolls around. If we can still be in the top two or three in the points by the arrival of the Countdown playoffs, we'll be in good position."