Johnson Pursues Early Countdown to Championship Win at Concord * Team Mopar driver's father and engine builder, Roy Johnson, to drive his Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak car at O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals * Allen Johnson to participate...
Johnson Pursues Early Countdown to Championship Win at Concord
* Team Mopar driver's father and engine builder, Roy Johnson, to drive his Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak car at O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals
* Allen Johnson to participate in 3rd annual B.R.A.K.E.S. benefit dinner at Concord
Auburn Hills, Mich. -- Nothing helps the hopes of a driver in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship more than a victory. Wins are all-important in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series playoffs, and Mopar Dodge Avenger NHRA Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson is honed in on capturing his first of the playoffs and second of the season at the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals, Sept. 16--19 in Concord, N.C.
Johnson, currently second in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship Pro Stock standings, got off to a hot start in the playoffs, qualifying No. 2 and advancing to the semifinal round at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, Ind. He's hoping to heat up even more with a visit to the zMAX Dragway winner's circle this weekend.
"Any win in this Countdown is going to be huge," said Johnson, who has scored one victory this year, in July at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals. "We've got to have a couple of wins to take the championship; I'm confident of that. To get one early on going into Dallas (the third race in the Countdown to the Championship) would be such a confidence booster."
Despite his semifinals appearance at Indy, Johnson wasn't satisfied with the setup of his HEMI-powered Mopar Dodge Avenger. He and his J&J Racing team, led by crew chief Mark Ingersoll and Allen's father and engine builder, Roy Johnson, tested at zMAX Dragway the week following the Indy event.
"We tested our car, along with Vinnie's (Deceglie, who utilizes J&J Racing engines in his Dodge Avenger)," said Allen Johnson. "I made six runs, and we felt like when we left there on Wednesday afternoon the cars were actually pretty dang good."
In addition to helping tune Allen's Pro Stock car, Roy Johnson made test runs at Concord in his own Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak car, given to him by Allen as a Christmas gift last year. Roy debuted the car at the NHRA Bristol race in June, ending a nearly 30-year retirement by advancing to the semifinals in Stock Eliminator. The elder Johnson will compete for the second time in his Mopar Drag Pak at the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals, and his son is looking forward to racing alongside his father once again.
"It was very special to have dad out racing with us at Bristol, and I'm looking forward to having the chance again this weekend," said Allen Johnson. "I think he can match his performance at Bristol. He tested at Concord when we did, so he's got a few runs down that track already. I think he'll come out of the box pretty stout. If I could take the win in Pro Stock and he could do it in Stock Eliminator--well, that would be a dream."