TEAM MOPARÂ® DRIVER ALLEN JOHNSON TAKES PROVISIONAL NO. 1 SPOT AT MOPAR MILE-HIGH NHRA NATIONALS Morrison, Colo. (July 11, 2008) -- MoparÂ®/J&J Racing Dodge Stratus R/T driver Allen Johnson captured the provisional No. 1 spot after two rounds of...
TEAM MOPAR® DRIVER ALLEN JOHNSON TAKES PROVISIONAL NO. 1 SPOT AT MOPAR MILE-HIGH NHRA NATIONALS
Morrison, Colo. (July 11, 2008) -- Mopar®/J&J Racing Dodge Stratus R/T driver Allen Johnson captured the provisional No. 1 spot after two rounds of qualifying today during the 29th Annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo. The veteran Team Mopar driver will look to hold his position tomorrow and claim the No. 1 Qualifier award at the Mopar Mile-Highs for the second-straight year
Johnson, the defending Mopar Mile-Highs Pro Stock champion, was No. 1 after the first qualifying session on the strength of a pass of 7.081/194.32. He watched a number of drivers better his mark in the night qualifying session before reclaiming the top spot with a mark of 7.037/195.17.
"The first run on the track was pretty hot," said the HEMI®-powered Johnson. "Everyone was trying to get from A to B to get some info for tomorrow. Tonight's run, the track was awesome. It really cooled down, and you can really get at it when the track get likes that."
Johnson had the strongest car during testing at Bandimere leading up to the Mopar Mile-Highs, leading many to believe he has the car to beat this weekend.
"We've tested probably more than anybody here the last two or three years," Johnson said. "Mark [Ingersoll, Johnson's crew chief] hit on some stuff last year testing and it really works, and that's what we stuck with. Dad's [Roy Johnson, Allen's engine builder and father] engines really perform well here for some reason. Dad shipped in an engine this morning. He tweaked it a little bit just for up here [in the Mile-High altitude]. It's not a lot different, but it is a brand-new engine."
Johnson's top qualifying run today comes on the heels of his victory in the race-within-a-race $50,000 K&N Horsepower Challenge at the NHRA Norwalk event. Johnson also posted a quarterfinals run and low ET at Norwalk. His recent performances have the Greeneville, Tenn. native feeling good for this weekend and beyond.
"We've felt momentum coming our way the last couple of races," Johnson remarked. "We've had a top five car every race this year and not won any races. I would have thought that we would have won two or three races by now. So, yeah, I really feel the momentum shifting and we're going to use this race and the Western swing to really amplify that."