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Johnson Hopes to Put Mopar Dodge Avenger in Winner’s Circle at Vegas
Johnson to participate in NHRA and Team Mopar autograph signings at event

Auburn Hills, Mich. — Team Mopar® driver Allen Johnson has a simple mission for his spring visit to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend: qualify well, go rounds in his Mopar Dodge Avenger Pro Stock car and put himself in position to vie for the win at the NHRA Nationals.

Johnson is prepared for a rebound after early exits in the first two events on the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series calendar. The J&J Racing team owner and driver and Greeneville, Tenn. native can find encouragement in his most recent outing at Vegas in fall 2010, where Johnson seized the top spot on the qualifying charts.

“I’ve had success in the past at Vegas, recent success with our No. 1 spot in the fall, so we’re hoping we can tap into that come this weekend,” said Johnson. “We’ve got a long year ahead, so we’re not going to put any undue pressure on ourselves this early in the season, but I do feel we need to come out and flex our muscles a little bit, which we didn’t do in the first two events. It’s important to perfect our setup right out of the gate. This car is a little different, a little more friendly, and we’re still getting used to it.”

Johnson tested at Charlotte last week, working hard on his Mopar Dodge Avenger’s setup in preparation for the Vegas event.

“We mostly just worked on the clutch setup, which has been a bit iffy, so hopefully we will see an improvement in the consistency of the clutch at Vegas,” said Johnson. “More or less it’s just trying to refine what we’ve got. We’re getting closer, and our testing at Charlotte definitely helped out.”

Johnson to participate in NHRA and Team Mopar autograph signings at event

Team Mopar driver Allen Johnson will participate in two autograph sessions during the NHRA Nationals. Johnson will take part in an NHRA signing at the New York New York Hotel & Casino on Thursday, March 31 from 6–8 p.m. PT. He’ll be joined by a number of NHRA drivers, including Mopar-powered Dodge Charger R/T Don Schumacher Racing Funny Car stars Matt Hagan, Ron Capps, Jack Beckman and Johnny Gray.

Johnson will also meet fans and sign autographs in a Team Mopar autograph session at the Mopar Direct Connection display on the Manufacturers Midway at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway from 9:45–10:15 a.m. PT on Saturday, April 2. Hagan, Capps, Beckman and Gray will also participate, along with Mopar-powered Dodge Avenger Pro Stock drivers V. Gaines and Vincent Nobile. Fans taking part in the Team Mopar autograph signing can enter to win a special Mopar die-cast car signed by the Team Mopar drivers.

“This is the first time we’ve been down at New York New York for the NHRA deal, so I’m interested to see what the turnout is like,” said Johnson. “We’re usually down in Old Las Vegas at the Fremont Street Experience, so this should be a nice change to be down in the heart of The Strip. And, of course, I always look forward to the Team Mopar autographs signings and for the chance to meet all the loyal Mopar fans who have supported me and my team for years.”

-source: mopar

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Series NHRA
Drivers Ron Capps , Jack Beckman , Allen Johnson , Johnny Gray , Don Schumacher , Matt Hagan , Vincent Nobile
Tags dodge, johnson, las vegas, mopar, pro stock