Team Mopar's Allen Johnson Doubles Up at Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals Morrison, Colo. (July 25, 2010) -- Team Mopar NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson continued his recent stretch of domination at Bandimere ...
Team Mopar's Allen Johnson Doubles Up at Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals
Morrison, Colo. (July 25, 2010) -- Team Mopar NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson continued his recent stretch of domination at Bandimere Speedway, claiming his first win of the season and second straight at Thunder Mountain today at the 31st Annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals. Johnson has now earned three wins in four years at his primary sponsor's headline event.
Johnson, the No. 1 Qualifier, steered his HEMI-powered Mopar Dodge Avenger Pro Stock car to a first-round win over Bob Yonke, posting a 6.973-second elapsed time (ET) at 197.83 mph. The J&J Racing owner and driver knocked off Greg Anderson with a 6.998/197.59 pass, then dispatched former teammate Johnny Gray in the semis with a 6.997/197.45 run.
Johnson posted a scorching .004 reaction time (.000 is perfect) in his final-round match against Coughlin, his fourth consecutive final-round appearance at the Mopar Mile-Highs. The Team Mopar veteran's 6.974/198.26 mark was more than enough to beat Coughlin's 7.858/135.09 pass and earn him his eighth career Pro Stock win in 21 final-round appearances.
"I've got an awesome setup here. The engine guys, what they do here is unbelievable," said Johnson, a Greeneville, Tenn. native. "We made perfect runs every time. I just can't say enough about our guys. And I was real tickled by how I did my job after the second round. We've got to continue this pace, be aggressive and go toward that championship.
"All the folks from Mopar, including the boss, Pietro (Gorlier), and Byron Kearney from Dodge, have been our good luck charms. They're family to me. It's not just a sponsor relationship. It's so special to have them here."
Mopar-powered NHRA Sportsman racer David Bogner of Kearney, Neb. also brought home a victory for Mopar, taking the Super Stock class win in his 1992 Dodge Daytona with a 10.333/126.46 pass in a final-round match against Henry Sliwinski.
"This couldn't have come at a better time," said Bogner, whose father is longtime Sportsman racer Marlin Bogner. "Maybe this will carry us through the rest of the year. You can't pick a better place to win than the Mopar Mile-Highs."
"The 31st Annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals was a resounding success," said Jim Sassorossi, Director--Mopar Parts, Sales and Marketing. "From the Mopar Big Block Event to the reveal of our Mopar '10 Challenger to the victories by Team Mopar Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson and NHRA Sportsman David Bogner, we couldn't be happier. These Mopar-powered wins at our brand's headline event are a testament to the durability and performance of Mopar parts."
Matt Hagan, sporting a special Mopar paint scheme on his Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car, knocked off Jack Wyatt in the first round with a 4.231/294.18 run. The Don Schumacher Racing driver, who posted his Mopar Dodge No. 1, then faced his teammate Jack Beckman in a Mopar vs. Mopar quarterfinals battle. Hagan emerged on top with a 4.276/289.69 pass in his Mopar Funny Car to Beckman's 4.336/285.53 mark. Hagan's run ended in the semis in a losing 4.237/290.51 effort against Robert Hight.