Johnson Pursues Early Countdown to Championship Win at Concord
• Team Mopar® driver’s father and engine builder, Roy Johnson, to drive his Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak car at O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals
• Allen Johnson to participate in 3rd annual B.R.A.K.E.S. benefit dinner at Concord
Auburn Hills, Mich. , Sep 15, 2010 -
Nothing helps the hopes of a driver in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship more than a victory. Wins are all-important in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series playoffs, and Mopar® Dodge Avenger NHRA Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson is honed in on capturing his first of the playoffs and second of the season at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals, Sept. 16–19 in Concord, N.C.
Johnson, currently second in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship Pro Stock standings, got off to a hot start in the playoffs, qualifying No. 2 and advancing to the semifinal round at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, Ind. He’s hoping to heat up even more with a visit to the zMAX Dragway winner’s circle this weekend.
“Any win in this Countdown is going to be huge,” said Johnson, who has scored one victory this year, in July at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals. “We’ve got to have a couple of wins to take the championship; I’m confident of that. To get one early on going into Dallas (the third race in the Countdown to the Championship) would be such a confidence booster.”
Despite his semifinals appearance at Indy, Johnson wasn’t satisfied with the setup of his HEMI®-powered Mopar Dodge Avenger. He and his J&J Racing team, led by crew chief Mark Ingersoll and Allen’s father and engine builder, Roy Johnson, tested at zMAX Dragway the week following the Indy event.
“We tested our car, along with Vinnie’s (Deceglie, who utilizes J&J Racing engines in his Dodge Avenger),” said Allen Johnson. “I made six runs, and we felt like when we left there on Wednesday afternoon the cars were actually pretty dang good.”
In addition to helping tune Allen’s Pro Stock car, Roy Johnson made test runs at Concord in his own Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak car, given to him by Allen as a Christmas gift last year. Roy debuted the car at the NHRA Bristol race in June, ending a nearly 30-year retirement by advancing to the semifinals in Stock Eliminator. The elder Johnson will compete for the second time in his Mopar Drag Pak at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals, and his son is looking forward to racing alongside his father once again.
“It was very special to have dad out racing with us at Bristol, and I’m looking forward to having the chance again this weekend,” said Allen Johnson. “I think he can match his performance at Bristol. He tested at Concord when we did, so he’s got a few runs down that track already. I think he’ll come out of the box pretty stout. If I could take the win in Pro Stock and he could do it in Stock Eliminator—well, that would be a dream.”
Allen Johnson to participate in 3rd annual B.R.A.K.E.S. benefit dinner at Concord
Allen Johnson has been a staunch supporter of B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe), the safe driving organization founded by Doug Herbert following the tragic deaths of his young sons, Jon and James, in an automobile accident. Johnson will take part in the 3rd Annual B.R.A.K.E.S. benefit dinner and auction at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Thursday, Sept. 16.
Johnson has attended every B.R.A.K.E.S. benefit dinner event at Charlotte, donating items for auction and bidding on and buying a big-ticket item himself each year. The Greeneville, Tenn. native, a father himself, is a passionate advocate of the organization’s mission to prevent injuries and save lives by training and educating teenage drivers and their parents about the importance of safe and responsible driving.
“I feel like it’s one of the best organizations you can support,” said Johnson. “That’s the reason I’ve been involved with B.R.A.K.E.S. since its inception. Their work to teach kids who are just getting behind the wheel the consequences of driving recklessly in an automobile is saving thousands of lives a year.”
For more information on B.R.A.K.E.S., visit BRAKES with Doug Herbert
Johnson’s Statistics of Note
At zMAX Dragway
• Qualified No. 6 and advanced to the semifinals at the Inaugural NHRA Four-Wide Nationals earlier this year.
• Qualified No. 4 and made a semifinals appearance at the 2009 Concord event
• Currently ranked second in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship Pro Stock playoff standings
• Scored his first win of the season at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals, his second straight win at his primary sponsor’s race
• Advanced to four final rounds and has earned four No. 1 Qualifier Awards, both single-season career highs
• Captured two consecutive No. 1 Qualifier Awards (Sonoma, Denver), giving him 11 for his career
• Has a 33-17 round win record through 18 events
• Has advanced to at least the semifinals in 11 of 18 events this season
• Advanced to the final round at the NHRA event in Norwalk, Ohio
• Banked his ninth career No. 1 Qualifier Award at the NHRA Bristol race
• Scored his second final-round appearance of the season at the NHRA event in Topeka
• Earned his eighth career No. 1 Qualifier Award at the NHRA Atlanta event
• Claimed his 200th career round win at the NHRA St. Louis race
• Advanced to four straight semifinals to start the season in his new Mopar Dodge Avenger
• Banked his first final-round appearance of the year at the NHRA Houston event
• Clinched a spot in the 2009 NHRA Countdown to 1 six-race playoffs
• Captured two wins, at Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals in Denver and O’Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals in Topeka
• Finished seventh in NHRA Full Throttle Pro Stock point standings
• Made three finals appearances, scoring a runner-up finish at NHRA Gatornationals
• Captured seventh career No. 1 Qualifier Award at NHRA event in Seattle, reaching semis
• Made eight semifinals appearances
• Posted a 30-20 round win record for the season
• Finished seventh in NHRA Pro Stock standings
• One of only 10 drivers to qualify for NHRA Countdown to 1 six-race playoffs
• Won K&N Horsepower Challenge bonus event at Norwalk, recording perfect .000 reaction time to defeat Greg Anderson for victory
• Powered to three No. 1 Qualifier Awards
• Made eight semifinals appearances
• Posted two straight runner-up finishes at Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals and Schuck’s Auto Supply NHRA Nationals
• Racked up 28-24 round win record
• Finished career-best fourth in NHRA Pro Stock point standings
• One of only four Pro Stock drivers to qualify for inaugural NHRA Countdown to 1 playoff
• Claimed win at Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals in Denver
• Finished sixth in NHRA Pro Stock standings, scoring win at Seattle
• Qualified for Countdown to Championship in all four years since NHRA adopted playoff format in 2007
• Claimed eight career NHRA Full Throttle Pro Stock wins
• Claimed more than 200 career round wins
• Has a career best elapsed time of 6.545-seconds and a career best speed of 211.73 mph
• Recorded 21 career final round appearances
• Competed in 300th race at 2009 NHRA St. Louis event
• Scored second career win at Atlanta in 2002 and finished eighth in point standings
• Seized first career win in 1999 at Richmond and went on to claim first top 10 finish in standings
• Made NHRA Pro Stock debut in 1996, driving a Mopar-powered Dodge Avenger
O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals
The O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals is scheduled to take place Sept. 16–19 at zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C. One hour of qualifying coverage will air on Sunday, Sept. 19 beginning at 10 a.m. (EDT) on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD. Three hours of eliminations coverage will air on Sunday, Sept. 19, beginning at 7 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD. For more information on the NHRA, log on to NHRA.com
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