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Allen Johnson Hopes to Reclaim Previous Magic at NHRA Arizona Nationals in New Mopar Dodge Avenger 2005 Phoenix winner Johnson seeks another triumph at Firebird International Raceway Auburn Hills, Mich. -- Allen Johnson is ready to carry the ...

Allen Johnson Hopes to Reclaim Previous Magic at NHRA Arizona Nationals in New Mopar Dodge Avenger
2005 Phoenix winner Johnson seeks another triumph at Firebird International Raceway

Auburn Hills, Mich. -- Allen Johnson is ready to carry the momentum of an NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season-opening semifinals debut in his new 2010 Pro Stock Mopar Dodge Avenger all the way to victory at the NHRA Arizona Nationals this weekend.

The Team Mopar veteran won the 2005 event at Phoenix and also claimed the 2008 No. 1 Qualifier Award at the Firebird International Raceway quarter-mile. Considering his past success at the Phoenix venue and his impressive inaugural outing last weekend in his new Mopar HEMI-powered Dodge, Johnson is rightfully optimistic about his upcoming trip to Arizona.

"Usually Phoenix is hot, the sun is out and the track is slick, the starting line is slick, and that's usually where we perform best, like at Topeka last year (site of one of his two 2009 wins)," said Johnson, currently third in the NHRA Pro Stock point standings. "It's the type of track conditions where we can get after it, and we've had some prior success there, which is encouraging. We're going to try to do it again and get that first win in our new Mopar Dodge Avenger."

The J&J Racing driver and owner lauded the Mopar and Dodge Motorsports engineers who worked closely with his team to prepare the new car for the 2010 season.

"The aero guys did an awesome job," said Johnson, a Greeneville, Tenn., native. "The car is a lot better than the Stratus (Johnson's previous race car). It's a big improvement. The changes the engineers have made to parts as we need them have been timely.

"We felt like the Mopar Dodge Avenger was 90 percent of what we wanted it to be at the first event in Pomona. It gives us something really good to work with going to Phoenix. All the ingredients are there."

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