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Team Mopar's Allen Johnson Targets 200th Career Round Win, Victory at Las Vegas Auburn Hills, Mich. -- Team Mopar NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson advanced to his first final round appearance of the season at...

Team Mopar's Allen Johnson Targets 200th Career Round Win, Victory at Las Vegas

Auburn Hills, Mich. -- Team Mopar NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson advanced to his first final round appearance of the season at the NHRA Houston event last weekend. The Team Mopar veteran has two new goals for the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals, scheduled for April 16--18 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway: claim his first victory of the year and along the way capture his 200th career round win.

Johnson began the season with four straight semifinals appearances in his brand-new NHRA Pro Stock Mopar Dodge Avenger and then broke through to advance to the final round at Houston, in the process moving from third to second in the standings. The Greeneville, Tenn. native has worked hard to dial in his new car.

"We've really made a lot of progress with the new Mopar Dodge Avenger," said Johnson. "At our test session last week in Dallas, we got the car to where it would run on a really good track and get the tires spinning a little bit, even with the new weight rule. Then at Houston on Sunday the track got really grimy and slick, and we got a lot of bite and were able to run on a slick track. It looks like we've got a setup for both kinds of tracks now, a big window, so, yeah, we're happy with the Mopar Dodge.

"With the challenges we've had with the new car and with the new weight rule by NHRA, it's amazing how the guys, crew chief Mark Ingersoll and Dad [Allen's father Roy Johnson, the team's engine builder] have adapted and made the car as good as it is. Starting from Houston on I think we're going to have a really great car for our competitors to contend with."

Allen Johnson is celebrating his 15th year on the NHRA Pro Stock circuit in 2010 and currently owns 198 career round wins. He will reach the 200 mark in round victories if he can advance to the semifinals. Johnson hopes to end his Vegas visit with 202 round wins--which would mean a Wally trophy for the Team Mopar veteran.

"It's amazing I've had 200 career races, let alone to be nearing 200 round wins," remarked Allen Johnson, who has captured seven career Pro Stock national event wins. "We keep piling up stats. We need to keep piling up the win stats a bunch more. I want to get that number in the double digits big time this year. I feel like the J&J Racing team is on track and we're doing what we've got to do, building momentum. Hopefully we can start to work on that win total at Vegas."

Johnson to participate in free NHRA autograph session at Town Square Mall prior to SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals

Allen Johnson will join fellow NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series stars such as Morgan Lucas, Shawn Langdon, Brandon Bernstein and Greg Anderson in a free NHRA driver autograph session on Thursday, April 15, from 7 to 8 p.m. PDT at the Town Square Mall in Las Vegas, Nev. The venue is located at 6605 Las Vegas Blvd. South.

"It's always exciting to go out to Vegas," said Johnson. "The turnout at these fan events in Vegas is always awesome. I'm looking forward to meeting some die-hard drag racing fans on Thursday."

-source: mopar

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Series NHRA
Drivers Brandon Bernstein , Allen Johnson , Morgan Lucas , Roy Johnson , Shawn Langdon