Team MoparÂ®'s Allen Johnson Claims Runner-up at Norwalk First Round Win Locks Him into NHRA Countdown to the Championship Norwalk, Ohio -- Team MoparÂ® NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson made the 20th final...
Team Mopar®'s Allen Johnson Claims Runner-up at Norwalk
First Round Win Locks Him into NHRA Countdown to the Championship
Norwalk, Ohio -- Team Mopar® NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson made the 20th final round appearance of his career and came away with a runner-up finish Sunday at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.
The Mopar Dodge Avenger driver squared off against Greg Anderson in the finals at Summit Motorsports Park, but strayed out of the groove midway down the track to watch his opponent take the win light. It was Johnson's third runner-up finish of the season and provides momentum as the team prepares to head off on a three-race Western swing.
"All in all it was a great weekend for us," Johnson said. "For whatever reason, we didn't have the fastest car today but we did what we had to do to get to the finals. I got over to the right into the loose stuff against Anderson and I just couldn't get the car back."
It was an all-HEMI matchup in the semifinals, as the Team Mopar Dodge Avenger went against the Mopar-powered Dodge Avenger of V. Gaines. Johnson easily advanced as Gaines slowed to a 6.976 second, 204.05 mph run vs. 6.740 seconds at 206.01 mph for Johnson.
Johnson's journey through the first two rounds of eliminations was not as easy. Rookie Shane Gray beat Johnson off the starting line in the first round, but the Team Mopar driver ran him down to win by approximately eight inches on a 6.718 second, 206.16 mph run. Johnson then had to run down Greg Stanfield in the quarterfinals, but ended up with a more substantial win margin of 15 feet on a 6.734 second, 205.69 mph run.
By virtue of his first round win over Gray, Johnson became the second Pro Stock driver to clinch a spot in The Countdown to the Championship. He joins point leader Mike Edwards with locked-in spots with four races remaining.
The Countdown to the Championship's 17-race regular season runs through the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd Aug. 12-15 and sets 10-driver fields for the six-race Countdown playoffs that begin at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals and conclude at the Automobile Club of Southern California World Finals in mid-November.