Las Vegas: Allen Johnson final report

Mopar's Johnson Bows Out Early at Las Vegas NHRA Event; Mopar®'s Allen Johnson Suffers Disappointing First Round Loss Las Vegas, Nev. (April 5, 2009) -- Team Mopar® NHRA Full Throttle Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson suffered a first round loss...

Mopar's Johnson Bows Out Early at Las Vegas NHRA Event; Mopar®'s Allen Johnson Suffers Disappointing First Round Loss

Las Vegas, Nev. (April 5, 2009) -- Team Mopar® NHRA Full Throttle Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson suffered a first round loss on a hole shot to fellow Dodge driver Rickie Jones in final eliminations Sunday for the Summitracing.com NHRA Nationals at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The Mopar/J&J Racing Dodge Stratus R/T driver ran 6.682/205.85, but played catch up all the way down the track after Jones cut a near-perfect .011 reaction time at the start (.000 is perfect). Johnson came up five one-thousandth of a second short at the finish to Jones' 6.708/205.19 run.

"I've been saying for a while that I need to get down in the 20s (.020) consistently on the tree," said a disappointed Johnson, who cut a .042 light against Jones. "There are too many good drivers out here. The car is running good enough to win, now I just have to do my part as the driver."

Johnson came into the Las Vegas event fourth in Pro Stock points. The Team Mopar driver will look to turn things around in the Summit Racing NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Raceway April 16-19.

"We're on plan," Johnson said. "The HEMI motor is running good, the car is running good. My crew is great. We're consistent. If I can get my reaction times down, we can begin winning rounds the way we should."

Jones advanced to face season point leader Jason Line in the second round, but lost traction off the starting line to end his day. Fellow Mopar Hemi-powered driver Larry Morgan also won his first round matchup, beating Tom Hammonds with a 6.709/205.19 run. Morgan bowed to Greg Anderson in round two.

-credit: mopar

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Morgan , Tom Hammonds , Allen Johnson , Jason Line , Rickie Jones