Team Mopar Â®'s Allen Johnson Aims to Repeat Past Success at Atlanta Johnson eyes his first 2009 victory at the site of his second career win Center Line, Mich. - Team Mopar Â® NHRA Full Throttle Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson has the perfect...
Team Mopar ®'s Allen Johnson Aims to Repeat Past Success at Atlanta Johnson eyes his first 2009 victory at the site of his second career win
Center Line, Mich. - Team Mopar ® NHRA Full Throttle Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson has the perfect remedy to put two consecutive first-round exits in his rear-view mirror - a victory in the upcoming Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, an event that has yielded successful results for Johnson in the past. The race is scheduled for April 16 - 19 at Atlanta Dragway.
Johnson, driving a Mopar-powered vehicle, captured his second career win at the Atlanta event in 2002, and has qualified consistently well at the venue. He claimed the No. 2 spot in qualifying at Atlanta in 2007 and the No. 4 spot in 2008. In addition to Bristol (Tenn.) Dragway, the Atlanta drag strip also serves as a second home track for the Mopar/J&J Racing Dodge Stratus R/T driver, as the facility is a short drive from Johnson's hometown of Greeneville, Tenn.
"As a team, we have always run pretty well at Atlanta," Johnson said. "It's not as smooth a track as a lot of others, but our Mopar Dodge Stratus R/T seems to perform well there."
Through the first five events of the 2009 season Johnson has proven his Mopar HEMI ®-powered Dodge Stratus R/T to be among the elite Pro Stockers on the circuit. He has qualified in the top half of the field in four out of five events, advanced to the semifinals at the season-opening NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Calif. and scored a runner-up finish at the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla. Johnson says that he remains confident in his team's approach and believes it will payoff this Sunday in Atlanta.
"We are going to Atlanta with the mindset of continuing to do things according to our plan," said Johnson. "We have a good plan. We are doing exactly what we wanted to do from the start of the season, but we have to have all of the ingredients working together. The motor is good, the car is good and the team is good. If I can improve on my reaction times a bit more, we should have everything come together so we can start to win a bunch rounds."
* Qualified No. 4 and advanced to the quarterfinals at the 2008 NHRA Atlanta event
* Claimed his second career NHRA Pro Stock win at the 2002 Atlanta event, defeating Greg Anderson in the final
* Currently fifth in the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Pro Stock point standings