Las Vegas: Allen Johnson preview

Team Mopar® Driver Allen Johnson Ready to Rebound at Vegas; Johnson will also team up with other NHRA Pro Stock racers at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championship in Las Vegas on April 2 Center Line, Mich. -- Mopar®/J&J Racing...

Team Mopar® Driver Allen Johnson Ready to Rebound at Vegas; Johnson will also team up with other NHRA Pro Stock racers at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championship in Las Vegas on April 2

Center Line, Mich. -- Mopar®/J&J Racing Dodge Stratus R/T Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson will look to return to form and climb the NHRA Full Throttle Pro Stock point standings at the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals. The race is scheduled for April 3--5 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Johnson scored a runner-up finish at the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla. on March 15 and jumped to the second spot in the NHRA Pro Stock standings. The Team Mopar driver then experienced a slight bump in the road with a first-round exit at the recent NHRA Spring Nationals in Houston, dropping to fourth in points. The Greeneville, Tenn. native stated he feels confident the Houston outing was a mere aberration and is prepared to get back on track this weekend at The Strip.

"The qualifying position was what it was all about," said Johnson, who started ninth at Houston after qualifying No. 3 at the first three events of the year. "The position we qualified in cooked our goose. We'll go to Vegas and try to get back to qualifying in the top half of the field, in the top three or four with lane choice, as we have done regularly in the past."

Johnson has been strong in recent Vegas visits, including a semifinals appearance at the November 2008 NHRA Vegas event.

"We have run really well at Vegas the last two or three times out there," said Johnson. "We have got a really great set up on the car and dad is making excellent horsepower with our Mopar HEMI® engines. We're confident we can go rounds at Vegas."

Johnson will also team up with other NHRA Pro Stock racers at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championship in Las Vegas on April 2. Johnson will line up in a different kind of lane when he joins his fellow NHRA racers as special guest competitors at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships at the Cashman Center in Las Vegas on April 2. Johnson will partner up with NHRA Pro Stock competitors Tom Hammonds, Greg Anderson, Jason Line and Jason Gray to form the "NHRA Holeshots" squad. They will do bowling battle with the "NHRA Floppers" and "NHRA Eliminators," comprised of NHRA Funny Car and Top Fuel drivers, respectively.

Johnson was once a Tennessee Junior State champion bowler, but since then his skills as a kegler have grown rusty. Can he and his Pro Stock compatriots emerge as kingpins over the Funny Car and Top Fuel squads?

"We can pretty much beat those guys at anything," predicted a confident Johnson.

-credit: mopar

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Series NHRA
Drivers Greg Anderson , Tom Hammonds , Allen Johnson , Jason Line