Las Vegas: Allen Johnson Saturday report

Team Mopar® Driver Allen Johnson Earns No. 4 Spot in Vegas Qualifying Las Vegas, Nev. (April 17, 2010) -- Allen Johnson will start from the No. 4 spot in his NHRA Pro Stock Mopar® Dodge Avenger and will face his former partner Johnny Gray in...

Team Mopar® Driver Allen Johnson Earns No. 4 Spot in Vegas Qualifying

Las Vegas, Nev. (April 17, 2010) -- Allen Johnson will start from the No. 4 spot in his NHRA Pro Stock Mopar® Dodge Avenger and will face his former partner Johnny Gray in the opening round of eliminations tomorrow at the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The Team Mopar/J&J Racing driver notched a 6.760-second pass at 204.51 mph in the first qualifying session on Saturday and then recorded a 6.764/204.42 mark in his final qualifying attempt. Johnson's best effort remained his first qualifying run on Friday, in which the Greeneville, Tenn. native motored his Mopar Dodge to a 6.732/204.88 pass. Johnson also put up a solid 6.737/204.73 mark in his second Friday qualifying effort. He'll go for his eighth career NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Pro Stock event win, his first of the season and his first ever at The Strip at LVMS tomorrow. Johnson will earn his 200th career round win if he advances to the semifinals tomorrow.

"I go up there and just try to run my own race no matter who is in the other lane," said the Team Mopar veteran of his matchup with Gray. "We've got lane choice, which is important. We'll go out there and try to have a good run in the opening round and see if we can maintain lane choice, because that's key."

Johnson and his J&J Racing crew, led by crew chief Mark Ingersoll and J&J Racing engine builder Roy Johnson, Allen's father, continue to work to find the optimum setup on the new Mopar Dodge Avenger at Vegas. The new car has carried Johnson to at least a semifinals appearance in its first five races, including a runner-up showing in the NHRA Houston event last weekend.

"We should be a hundredth or two faster than we are right now," said Allen Johnson. "We'll continue to tweak things. We tried two or three different things this weekend to see what the track wanted and we haven't really hit on it. To be fourth and not making great runs, that's pretty good.

"There's just something sparkly about Vegas. I'd love to win this race. This place is one of my favorite tracks. It'd be something to break through and get a win here."

Vinnie Deceglie posted his HEMI®-powered Dodge Stratus No. 12 and will face Greg Anderson in the first round. V. Gaines will begin tomorrow No. 14 in his Dodge Avenger and will go head-to-head with Rodger Brogdon in tomorrow's first stanza. Denver, Colo. native Danny Gruninger failed to make the Sunday field in his Dodge Stratus.

-source: mopar

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Series NHRA
Drivers Greg Anderson , Allen Johnson , Johnny Gray , Rodger Brogdon , Roy Johnson , Danny Gruninger