Pomona: Team Mopar preview

Center Line, Mich. -- Team Mopar® and NHRA POWERade Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson had a career year in 2007. Posting a fourth-place finish in the Pro Stock standings -- his best finish ever, he captured one of only four spots in the NHRA...

Center Line, Mich. -- Team Mopar® and NHRA POWERade Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson had a career year in 2007. Posting a fourth-place finish in the Pro Stock standings -- his best finish ever, he captured one of only four spots in the NHRA Countdown to 1 title playoff. As driver of the HEMI®-powered Mopar/J&J Racing Dodge Stratus R/T, Johnson starts a quest for his first NHRA Pro Stock championship at the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals. The event is scheduled for Feb. 7--10, 2008 at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif.

Allen Johnson of Team Mopar seeks to carry his 2007 momentum into the 2008 NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Series Johnson's 2007 campaign included a win and the No. 1 qualifier award at the Mopar Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway near Denver in July. The Greeneville, Tenn., native also posted two-runner up finishes and four additional semifinals appearances during the year.

His '07 success hasn't made Johnson complacent. He's been hard at work in recent weeks. He's been fine-tuning the set up on his Dodge Stratus R/T in numerous test sessions, including the Pontiac Pro Stock Showdown in Las Vegas over the weekend. Johnson had his car dialed in, recording four straight 6.73 runs during eliminations and posting a runner-up finish in the tune-up before Pomona. The veteran Team Mopar driver -- with the help of his father and engine builder, Roy Johnson, and crew chief, Mark Ingersoll -- will be prepared when he makes his first official 2008 run at Pomona.

"We had a decent weekend. I was a little inconsistent with my driving, and we weren't ultra-fast," said Johnson, who stayed in Vegas after the Pro Stock Showdown to get in even more testing before Pomona. "We kept lane choice for three rounds, and usually when you keep lane choice you're going to go rounds."

Johnson added, "We were testing here yesterday and today, trying to improve. We're running through some scenarios with our motors. Hopefully, we'll be a little closer to the optimum set up by the time we get to Pomona. Our strategy for this season is just like it was last year. Get lane choice in the first round, and win the first round for sure. I think we need to step up it a little more this year, and make sure we go at least two rounds in half the races or more."

Johnson's early-season goal is to build momentum in the first few events of the 2008 campaign -- something he was unable to accomplish last year.

"Momentum is important in these first two races," remarked Johnson, who will also carry the banner in 2008 for associate sponsors Jessel, Braswell, CFE, Raptor, Clevite and Diamond Pistons. "Last year, we went out in the first round at Pomona, and we DNQed at Phoenix. If we can get by those two events and have a little something in the bank going into Gainesville, it will be different than last year. It'd be great to be up in that top three or four of the standings after the first two or three races."

-credit: mopar

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Drivers Allen Johnson , Roy Johnson