Team Mopar Driver Allen Johnson Looks for Three–peat at 32nd Annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals
Team Mopar® NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson feels right at home at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo. Johnson is counting the days until the 32nd Annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals, July 22–24, the flagship event for his primary sponsor, as he attempts to score his third consecutive win and fifth straight final-round appearance at Thunder Mountain
Johnson has triumphed at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals in 2007 and 2009–2010, and scored runner-up finishes in 2008 and 2002. The J&J Racing team owner and driver also notched top qualifying honors at Bandimere Speedway last year, as well as in 2007. The Greeneville, Tenn. native heads to Bandimere with a surplus in the confidence department.
“For years we have tested a lot at Denver and have found a combination that we feel is superior and that really works with the air up there,” said Johnson. “I feel like all of that testing is what has made our Mopar Dodge so successful at Bandimere Speedway. Anytime you’ve done well at a track, especially places you have won at it, you go back there with confidence and that helps a lot as well.”
Johnson enters the 32nd Annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals eighth in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Standings. He was victorious earlier this season in the NHRA SuperNationals at Englishtown, N.J. and was the No. 1 Qualifier at his home track of Bristol Dragway. The Team Mopar veteran has been among the top half of the field in qualifying in 10 of 11 races this season.
“We have a really good race car right now in the Dodge Avenger and these Mopar engines are running great,” shared the Team Mopar veteran. “I feel like we should be able to keep things going there. We get to rub elbows with a lot of the Mopar executives that we only get to see a time or two each year at the Mopar Mile-High Nationals, and that adds to the event as well. I get really focused and intense when the Mopar Mile-Highs roll around, and we have very high expectations for the event.”
NHRA Funny Car star Matt Hagan will once again carry the Mopar paint scheme on his Dodge Charger R/T
Matt Hagan will sport special Mopar graphics on his Dodge Charger R/T for the second consecutive year at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals. Hagan, who is currently fifth in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Funny Car standings, was the No. 1 Qualifier in Funny Car last season at Bandimere Speedway, reaching the semifinals.
“Running in the Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car was huge last year,” said Hagan. “We qualified number one. It sparked a lot of interest in us. We had fun with it, especially at the Mopar Big Block Event, along with everything we did with Mopar in the Denver area. We’re glad to be a part of Mopar’s motorsports world.”
Johnson and Hagan to participate in free autograph session at Mopar Big Block Event
The 32nd Annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals will kick off on Thursday, July 21 from 6 to 10 p.m. (MDT) with the free-admission 10th Annual Mopar Big Block Event, which will transform the quaint streets of downtown Golden, Colo. into one giant Mopar Nation celebration. Highlighting the event will be a Team Mopar autograph session scheduled from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. featuring NHRA stars including Allen Johnson, Matt Hagan, Vincent Nobile, V. Gaines, Jack Beckman, Spencer Massey, Roy Johnson, Judy Lilly and SCCA road-racing star Cindi Lux.
“The Block Party is always a great time and something we really enjoy,” said Johnson. “All of the loyal Mopar fans are there and it’s a neat experience. It doesn’t matter how many times you have done it, it’s enjoyable each and every time out there. Many of the Mopar enthusiasts come year after year to the Mile-Highs and it’s the only time we get to see them each year, so we try to make sure we spend as much time as we can with the fans at the Block Party.”
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