Dallas: Team Mopar final report

STEVENS LANDS IN QUARTERS IN DALLAS Richie Stevens Jr. finished in the quarterfinal round today at the O'Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals after defeating Warren Johnson in the opening round by .0702 of a second. Steven's solid 6.699-second pass ...

STEVENS LANDS IN QUARTERS IN DALLAS

Richie Stevens Jr. finished in the quarterfinal round today at the O'Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals after defeating Warren Johnson in the opening round by .0702 of a second. Steven's solid 6.699-second pass at 205.63 mph clearly outran W.J.'s 6.763/204.39 after both launched with nearly identical reactions times: .070 for Stevens, .076 for Johnson.

Facing off with Jason Line in the second round, Stevens fell victim to Line's almost-perfect reaction time of .004 to Stevens' .075, losing that round by .0766 of a second. Line scored the win with a 6.705/206.48 pass to Stevens' 6.710/205.60.

"Tough day," said Stevens. "We should have gotten around him. We slowed up a little bit, and he ran a little bit quicker than us. But he nailed the tree pretty good. He was .004. I was a little late; I was .75. I couldn't have beat him no matter how you look at it, even with a perfect light.

"I was a little off today. I've got to get my game face back on, and see if we can't go some rounds in Richmond, Va.

"We're going to go testing again. The Team Mopar/Valspar Dodge is running pretty good. We have the car dialed in and got the clutch back to where it needs to be. Now I just have to get myself where I need to be."

JOHNSON GOES TO SEMIS, MOVES TO THIRD IN POINTS

Allen Johnson had a pretty good day today at the O'Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex. He powered the Mopar/J&J Racing Dodge Stratus into the semifinal round after defeating Jim Yates and Justin Humphreys, and moved up into third in the Countdown to Four point standings.

Johnson knew that he had to ratchet it up for his semifinal round match-up against three-time Pro Stock champion Greg Anderson. And he did. His near-perfect reaction time of .004 of a second (.000 is perfect) gave him the edge over Anderson's .032, but Anderson chased him down, taking the victory by .0236 of a second with a 6.689-second pass at 206.48 mph to Johnson's valiant but losing 6.740/205.60.

"We had a good weekend," said Johnson. "We did what we needed to do, but we needed a break there against Greg; he's running really strong. I was able to do my job, just didn't get the break.

"But we'll go to Richmond with maybe a little bit of a cushion to stay in the Countdown. If we can just go up there and win a round, maybe we can still stay in it. We're happy.

"We weren't really stout all day today; just off a little bit. We'll take it. We'll just go to Richmond and if we qualify in the top half and win a round we think we might have a shot of staying in. That's our goal.

"I had a pretty good light against Greg there in the final, a .004, but it just wasn't enough. He needed to stumble just a little bit."

-credit: mopar/dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Richie Stevens Jr. , Warren Johnson , Greg Anderson , Allen Johnson , Jason Line