Team Mopar''s Allen Johnson Secures Fifth No. 1 Spot of 2010 at Dallas Ennis, Texas (Sept. 25, 2010) -- Team Mopar' driver Allen Johnson reeled off the quickest and fastest pass of the event in the first qualifying session today to earn the top...
Team Mopar''s Allen Johnson Secures Fifth No. 1 Spot of 2010 at Dallas
Ennis, Texas (Sept. 25, 2010) -- Team Mopar' driver Allen Johnson reeled off the quickest and fastest pass of the event in the first qualifying session today to earn the top spot heading into Pro Stock eliminations tomorrow for the O'Reilly Auto Parts Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex near Dallas. The No. 1 Qualifier Award is Johnson's fifth of 2010, a singe-season career high.
Johnson seized the No. 1 spot in the second qualifying session on Friday with a sizzling 6.632-second pass at 208.08 mph. Mike Edwards briefly deposed the Mopar Dodge Avenger driver in the first session this morning, but in the next pair up Johnson wasted no time in reclaiming his perch on top with a 6.611/209.04 run, earning three additional bonus points to go with the three he earned on Friday. Johnson recorded a 6.650/208.26 run in the final qualifying session after an hours-long rain delay.
"We definitely have got the big bat out and are hitting for the fence," said Johnson, who earned his 12th career No. 1 Qualifier Award today. "We were sitting there and watched (Mike) get past us, so we made a couple of decisions when we pulled up to the line that allowed us to go for it. We wanted to see what Mike ran and if he got around us, we knew we could get a little bit more aggressive with the set up. That's what we did, and it worked."
Johnson has one 2010 victory and eight total in his NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Pro Stock career. A win tomorrow would go a long way toward helping the Greeneville, Tenn. native move up from his current fifth spot in the Countdown to the Championship Pro Stock playoffs. He'll face No. 16 qualifier Jeg Coughlin in the first round tomorrow.
"It's going to be tough," said Johnson. "We've got a few drivers above us in the standings right now. We've got to go out there and try to win the race. We can't depend on people going out early; in all probability they won't all go out early. The goal of the J&J Racing team is to qualify No. 1 and the win the race. We've accomplished the first goal. We hope tomorrow we can accomplish the second."
Said Johnson of the extended rain delay: "Any time you're sitting around in the rain, it's a long time. You can multiply (the hours) by two, that's what it seems like. I got to watch Tennessee win in football. I also got to watch the Arkansas/Alabama game. So I got a little football time in."
Mopar HEMI'-powered Dodge Avenger Pro Stock driver V. Gaines qualified No. 13 and will match up with Larry Morgan in the opening stanza tomorrow.