Team Mopar Driver Allen Johnson 'In the Hunt' Heading into Dallas Johnson to take part in Greg Morris Memorial Golf Tournament Auburn Hills, Mich. -- Allen Johnson's championship hopes took a hit at the NHRA stop last weekend at zMAX Dragway in...
Team Mopar Driver Allen Johnson 'In the Hunt' Heading into
Johnson to take part in Greg Morris Memorial Golf Tournament
Auburn Hills, Mich. -- Allen Johnson's championship hopes took a hit at the NHRA stop last weekend at zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C., with Johnson falling from second to fifth in the Countdown to the Championship Pro Stock playoffs. The Mopar Dodge Avenger pilot is focused on making up the ground he lost in his title quest at the O'Reilly Auto Parts Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals, scheduled to take place Sept. 23--26 near Dallas, Texas.
"I'm fired up to go into Dallas and begin to climb back into the title hunt," said Johnson, a native of Greeneville, Tenn. "There are still four races left in the Countdown to the Championship playoffs, and that's more than enough time to close the gap between us and Mike (Edwards, the current Pro Stock points leader)."
Johnson cites two reasons he feels optimistic about his chances in the Pro Stock championship fight: the skill of his J&J Racing team and the power of the Mopar HEMI engine under the hood of his Mopar Dodge.
"The way the J&J Racing team has been preparing the Mopar Dodge Avenger all year, we've qualified at or near the top of the field in almost every event," said Johnson, who has captured a career-high four No. 1 Qualifier Awards already this season. "Dad (Roy Johnson, Allen's father and engine builder) continues to make tons of horsepower with our Mopar HEMI engines. You can't count us out.
"I'm only about 30 more points out than what I was heading into last weekend. The way the whole deal worked, with Mike getting knocked out early, I'm still in the hunt. All I need is one good race, and I can be right back in it."
Johnson to take part in Greg Morris Memorial Golf Tournament Allen Johnson will join a number of participants from the NHRA community scheduled to take part in the Greg Morris Memorial Golf Tournament on Wednesday, Sept. 22, at the Old Brickyard Golf Course in Ferris, Texas. The tournament was founded to help support the daughter of Greg Morris, a track worker at Texas Motorplex who passed away following a battle with brain cancer. Greg was diagnosed six months before his daughter Heather lost her mother in a tragic car accident.
"The Greg Morris Tournament is one of my favorite charitable events," said Johnson, who has taken part in the tournament for several years. "The racing community comes together to help a little girl whose parents both passed away. It's a great tournament and a lot of good people get involved."