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Team Mopar Driver Johnson Targets Third Final-Round Appearance, First Victory at Houston

Johnson to step up to the plate for NHRA Night at Ball Park
April 28, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

Mopar® Dodge Avenger NHRA Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson is hoping to repeat his past success at Royal Purple Raceway near Houston, Texas this weekend. The Team Mopar veteran has posted two career final-round appearances at the venue and will look to add another, along with a victory, at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals, April 29–May 1.

Johnson advanced to the final round at Royal Purple Raceway in 2007 and again in 2010. According to the Greeneville, Tenn. native, the air conditions at the Texas venue are conducive to Pro Stock cars of the Mopar HEMI®-powered persuasion.

“It’s always fast. There’s good air there, and we love that,” said Johnson, now in his 16th year piloting a Mopar-powered Pro Stock vehicle. “There have been some improvements made to the track, so we’re looking forward to seeing what those are. It’s always been one of my favorite places to go.”

After a slow start, Johnson has been moving up in the NHRA Pro Stock point standings. He cracked the top 10 following the previous event, the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals in Charlotte, N.C., and is now ninth in the rankings. The J&J Racing team owner and driver is looking to jump a few more spots with a Houston win.

“We’re building up slowly,” said Johnson. “Hopefully, we can do what we did last year and reach our first final-round of the season at Houston. We stayed after at Charlotte and tested our Mopar Dodge Avenger. We keep adding more consistency to our program. That’s our goal, to be very consistent, and I think we are doing that. We just have to take our momentum and hopefully go the finals at Houston and move up a few spots.”

Johnson to step up to the plate for NHRA Night at the Ball Park

Team Mopar’s Allen Johnson will join a number of his fellow NHRA stars to take part in the NHRA Night at the Ball Park, scheduled for Thursday, April 28 at Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros. Johnson will participate in an autograph session on the main concourse at Minute Maid Park, along with Mopar-powered Funny Car driver Matt Hagan and a host of additional NHRA stars. Hagan will also throw out the first pitch for the game vs. the St. Louis Cardinals.

“We actually have a minor league team for the Astros in our hometown, the Greeneville (Tenn.) Astros,” said Johnson. “It’ll be fun to watch the major league team in Houston and also attend the NHRA fan signing. We can bring a bit of the drag racing world to all those baseball fans.”

Johnson’s Statistics of Note

2011 Season
• Ninth overall in the NHRA Pro Stock point standings
• Advanced to the second round at the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals
• First round win at Las Vegas during the SummitRacing.com Nationals
• Qualified No. 3 at the season-opening NHRA Winternationals
• Johnson and his J&J Racing team aided Dodge Motorsports NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Kurt Busch in qualifying for the NHRA Gatornationals in his very first Pro Stock event
• Broke the 6.50-second barrier in a February test session at Bradenton Motorsports Park, uncorking a 6.498-second elapsed time, an unofficial record for a Pro Stock car

2010 Season
• Finished sixth in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship Pro Stock playoff standings
• Claimed four consecutive No. 1 Qualifier Awards (Dallas, Reading, Las Vegas, Pomona 2) to end the season
• Scored a victory at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals, his second straight win and third in four years at his primary sponsor’s race
• Advanced past the first round at 21 of 23 events
• Posted a 37-21 round win record, the most round wins of his career
• Advanced to at least the semifinals in 12 of 23 events
• Advanced to the final round at the NHRA event in Norwalk, Ohio
• Scored his second final-round appearance of the season at the NHRA event in Topeka
• 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

2009 Season
• Clinched a spot in the 2009 NHRA Countdown to 1 six-race playoffs
• Captured 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

2008 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

2007 Season
• 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

2006 Season
• Finished sixth in NHRA Pro Stock standings, scoring win at Seattle

Career
• 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
• Captured 15 career No. 1 Qualifier Awards
• 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 Spring Nationals
The 24th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals is scheduled to take place April 29–May 1 at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas, near Houston. Two hours of qualifying coverage will air on Saturday, April 30 beginning at 6 p.m. (ET) on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD. Three hours of eliminations coverage will air on Sunday, May 1, beginning at 7 p.m. (ET) on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD. For more information on the NHRA, log on to NHRA.com.

Mopar-First Features
Mopar has introduced numerous industry-first features including:
• Camper trailers: first to introduce off-road camper trailers
• Vehicle-information apps: first to introduce smartphone vehicle-information applications, a new channel of communication with consumers
• Electronic owner manuals: first to introduce traditional owner manuals in a DVD and brief user-guide format
• Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS): first to market with a new interactive vehicle tracking device that sends owner a text when vehicle is driven too fast or too far based on pre-set parameters
• 2011 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak: first to introduce a 500-plus cubic-inch V-10 drag-race package car
• Wi-Fi: first to offer customers the ability to make their vehicle a wireless hot spot
• WiTECH: first to support vehicle diagnosis and software updates leveraging off-the-shelf personal computers and a dedicated wireless tool network

About the Mopar Brand
Mopar is Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand.

Mopar distributes approximately 280,000 parts and accessories in more than 90 countries and is the source for all original-equipment parts for Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge and Ram vehicles. Mopar parts are unique in that they are engineered with the same teams that create factory-authorized vehicle specifications for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram vehicles—a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. A complete list of Mopar accessories and performance parts is available at Mopar - Authentic Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram Accessories, Service & Parts.

More than 70 Years of Mopar
When Chrysler bought Dodge in 1928, the need for a dedicated parts manufacturer, supplier and distribution system to support the growing enterprise led to the formation of the Chrysler Motor Parts Corporation (CMPC) in 1929.

Mopar (a simple contraction of the words MOtor and PARts) was trademarked for a line of antifreeze products in 1937. It also was widely used as a moniker for the CMPC. The Mopar brand made its mark in the 1960s—the muscle-car era. The Chrysler Corporation built race-ready Dodge and Plymouth “package cars” equipped with special high-performance parts. Mopar carried a line of “special parts” for super-stock drag racers and developed its racing parts division called Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use.
 
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