Team Mopar Driver Johnson Will Look to Bounce Back at O'Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals Center Line, Mich. -- Mopar/J&J Racing Dodge Stratus R/T Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson has already put his first-round exit at...
Team Mopar Driver Johnson Will Look to Bounce Back at O'Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals
Center Line, Mich. -- Mopar/J&J Racing Dodge Stratus R/T Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson has already put his first-round exit at last weekend's NHRA Carolinas Nationals in his rear view mirror. The Team Mopar driver is focused on getting back on track this weekend at the second event in the six-race NHRA Countdown to 1 playoffs -- O'Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals. The race is scheduled for Sept. 18 -- 21 at Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas.
The Greeneville, Tenn. native believes he and his J&J Racing team may have been too cautious in their approach at the previous event.
"We have to be more aggressive, instead of passive," remarked Johnson. "We've put ourselves in the position now where we've got to be aggressive and go for it. I probably like that better than anything, because that forces me to focus on beating everybody instead of a single driver. I think that's what got us first round at Charlotte. We got a little passive and it cost us."
The early exit hasn't darkened Johnson's outlook on the Countdown playoffs. The veteran Team Mopar driver has a history of finishing well in the stretch run of the NHRA POWERade season. He currently sits sixth in the Countdown standings, well within striking distance of the points leader.
"I feel probably more confident right now than I have in the last two years," said Johnson, who has made four semifinals appearances since July, including two runner-up finishes. "I did at Indy [where he claimed the No. 1 qualifier award] and I did at Charlotte. This Mopar Dodge Stratus R/T is running great and we're making awesome power from our Mopar HEMI engine. We've just got to make the right decision on Sunday. We'll get this turned around."
Johnson will post blog regarding Inaugural NHRA Carolinas Nationals on Moparspeed.com