Baytown: Allen Johnson debuts new Dodge Stratus

Johnson debuts Mopar's new Dodge Stratus R/T in Houston. Tennessee driver joins Morgan and Wilson in new Pro Stock Car. BAYTOWN, Texas (April 11, 2003) -- Mopar's Allen Johnson is debuting his new Hemi-powered Dodge Stratus R/T Pro Stock machine...

Johnson debuts Mopar's new Dodge Stratus R/T in Houston.
Tennessee driver joins Morgan and Wilson in new Pro Stock Car.

BAYTOWN, Texas (April 11, 2003) -- Mopar's Allen Johnson is debuting his new Hemi-powered Dodge Stratus R/T Pro Stock machine at this weekend's 11th annual O'Reilly Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park.

Johnson joins Mopar factory drivers Larry Morgan and Gene Wilson with the new car; while teammate Darrell Alderman remains in his current Dodge Neon R/T.

"We ran it Tuesday and Wednesday in Dallas," said Johnson, on this past week's testing session at the Texas Motorplex. "We made three or four real good runs in the Stratus. We moved the entire power train, tires and everything from my Neon. And with the same set up -- the Stratus was a little faster.

"The car drives down the track really well," said Johnson of his Rick Jones-built chassis. "The front steering is a little wider and a little more stabile. We made some changes based on Darrell's car, and it really made the car stable down the track. We changed a little in the gearing where there was a shake. I think the Mopar engineers hit a homerun with this design."

The Greeneville, Tenn., resident currently sits fourth in the POWERade Pro Stock World Championship chase. Johnson made a final-round appearance at the season-opening Winternationals at Pomona (Calif.) Raceway; and drove to the semifinals of the historic Gatornationals at Gainesville (Fla.) Raceway last month.

-Mopar.com-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Darrell Alderman , Larry Morgan , Gene Wilson , Allen Johnson