Team Mopar Driver Allen Johnson Sets Track Speed Record, Takes No. 4 in Saturday Qualifying at Mac Tools U.S. Nationals Clermont, Ind. (Sept. 4, 2010) -- Team Mopar NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson bettered...
Team Mopar Driver Allen Johnson Sets Track Speed Record, Takes No. 4 in Saturday Qualifying at Mac Tools U.S. Nationals
Clermont, Ind. (Sept. 4, 2010) -- Team Mopar NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson bettered his own track speed record and claimed the No. 4 spot after two qualifying sessions today at the 56th Annual Mac Tools Nationals.
Johnson recorded a 6.587-second pass at 209.75 mph in his Mopar Dodge Avenger in the first qualifying session today, bettering his record-setting 6.601/209.46 mark in Friday's qualifying round and briefly claiming the top spot. Johnson's car shutdown shortly after launching off the starting line during his second qualifying run, and he ended the day in the No. 4 spot.
"Setting the track speed record just shows how much power we have in these Mopar HEMI0x00ae engines," said Johnson. "The car is really aero. That's good. If we can just get it to stick the front half we'll really light up the board."
The Greeneville, Tenn. native, currently second in the Pro Stock standings, will look to move up during tomorrow's two final qualifying sessions and capture his second No. 1 Qualifier Award at O'Reilly Raceway Park and his fifth of the season.
"We made a decent run this morning, not perfect," said Johnson, in his 15th year driving a Mopar-powered Pro Stock car. "We were a little aggressive tonight, and the track seemed to be going away toward the back of the pack. Tomorrow morning might offer the best chance for a good run. It would be awesome to go out tomorrow, make a perfect run, take that top spot back and get the J&J Racing team ready for Monday."
Mopar-powered Dodge Avenger Pro Stock driver V.Gaines is currently qualified No. 8, with a best run of 6.606/209.10. Vinnie Deceglie is No. 23 and will attempt to crack the top 16 tomorrow.