Team MoparÂ®'s Allen Johnson No. 3 in Friday Qualifying at SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals Las Vegas, Nev. (April 16, 2010) -- Team MoparÂ® driver Allen Johnson continued to shine in his NHRA Pro Stock Mopar Dodge Avenger, seizing the No. 3...
Team Mopar®'s Allen Johnson No. 3 in Friday Qualifying at SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals
Las Vegas, Nev. (April 16, 2010) -- Team Mopar® driver Allen Johnson continued to shine in his NHRA Pro Stock Mopar Dodge Avenger, seizing the No. 3 spot in the first day of qualifying today at the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The opening session offered the warmest track conditions (121 degrees) that NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series competitors have faced this season. Johnson's Mopar HEMI®-powered Dodge proved it could take the heat, as the Greeneville, Tenn. native posted a 6.732-second pass at 204.88 mph to jump to the No. 2 spot in his first qualifying run. His second Friday pass yielded a solid 6.737/204.73 mark. Johnson wrapped up the first day No. 3 in the qualifying order heading into tomorrow's two final sessions as he seeks to capture his eighth career NHRA Pro Stock victory and his first at the Vegas venue.
"I think we've got a car with a really big window right now," said Johnson, who will attempt to claim his eighth career No. 1 Qualifier Award tomorrow. "Coming to this air here in Vegas we're probably down about 100 horsepower and it's a real hot, slick racetrack, and we adapted to it. I think we've got a car now that we can tune on.
"We've made two really good runs. We'll tweak the car a little bit, but that's about it. I think we can get another hundredth of a second out of the Mopar Dodge Avenger. It's big to qualify well here. This is one of the tracks where lane choice is important, so it's good to maintain it as long as you can."
V. Gaines penciled in his Mopar HEMI-powered Dodge Avenger at No. 7 following today's two qualifying sessions. Vinnie Deceglie, still driving a Mopar-powered Dodge Stratus as he awaits a new Dodge Avenger following his crash at the NHRA Phoenix event in February, clocked in at No. 9. Danny Gruninger was No. 22 in his Dodge Stratus.