Team MoparÂ®'s Johnson Jumps to No. 2 Spot After Friday Qualifying at NHRA Finals Pomona, Calif. (Nov. 13, 2009) -- Team MoparÂ® NHRA Full Throttle Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson rocketed from No.10 all the way to the No. 2 spot today after the...
Team Mopar®'s Johnson Jumps to No. 2 Spot After Friday Qualifying at NHRA Finals
Pomona, Calif. (Nov. 13, 2009) -- Team Mopar® NHRA Full Throttle Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson rocketed from No.10 all the way to the No. 2 spot today after the second round of qualifying for the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals. Johnson will have two final qualifying sessions tomorrow at Auto Club Raceway in which to move up to the top spot and claim his eighth career No. 1 Qualifier Award.
Johnson steered his Mopar/J&J Racing Dodge Stratus R/T to the No. 10 spot after the opening round of qualifying on Thursday, with a pass of 6.658-seconds at 207.88 mph. The Greeneville, Tenn., native was much more pleased, to say the least, with his pass today of 6.611/209.78, which placed him No. 1 until Mike Edwards, in the final pair of Pro Stock qualifiers, knocked Johnson down a notch to No. 2.
"We went back to about a year's worth of data," said Johnson of the adjustments co-crew chiefs Mark Ingersoll and Jeff Perley made to his Mopar HEMI®-powered Dodge. "There's nothing on this car that was on there yesterday. I think we got her back. It worked. We killed it down low. It didn't run out the back like we thought it would, but other than one car, we kicked everybody's butts.
"We're happy. We're back to our baseline, and right now that baseline looks pretty good. There's a couple hundredths [of a second] left in the Mopar Dodge. We'll try to find them tomorrow."
Mopar-powered Pro Stockers Rickie Jones and Johnny Gray clocked in at No. 11 and No. 12, respectively, after Friday qualifying. Eliminations for the NHRA Finals are set for Sunday, Nov. 15.