By Patrick Rall
This past weekend, the NHRA Pro Stock racers took on the
drag strip of Topeka Kansas for the 24th annual Dollar General Summer Nationals
and when the two cars in the Pro Stock final round crossed the finish line –
Team Mopar driver Allen Johnson (shown above with his car and father Roy)
brought home his second win of the season.
Allen Johnson and the Team Mopar Dodge Avenger Pro Stock car
got off to an early start this weekend, setting a track record on his second
qualifying run with a time of 6.618 at 207.85 miles per hour. That time would hold up as the top spot
through all four rounds of qualifying with GM racer Greg Anderson being the
closest to Johnson in qualifying with a run of 6.624 at 208.55mph (positions
are based on ET, not MPH).
Johnson backed up his track record qualifying time in the
first round as he ran a 6.587 (209mph) in beating Ronnie Humphery followed by a
6.570 (210mph) in the second round en route to beating Ron Krisher. In the semi finals, Allen Johnson ran a 6.590
(210mph) to Shane Grey’s 6.648 as he beat his third Pontiac Pro Stock racer of
the weekend. In the final round, Allen
Johnson and his Mopar sponsored and Hemi-powered Dodge Avenger went head to
head with class leader Greg Anderson in the Summit Racing Pontiac G6 GXP. Johnson ran a 6.587 to Anderson’s 6.696 which
was slowed by traction problems as Allen Johnson and the Mopar team went to
celebrate their second class win of the year.
With this second win of the season, Allen Johnson now sits
in third place in the NHRA Full Throttle Pro Stock class – trailing Greg
Anderson by 132 points with 15 events left in the 23 race season.
Other Dodge Avenger racers in the field included V Gaines in
the Kendall Oil Avenger (qualified 6th, Lost Rd 2 to Jason Line), Vincent
Nobile in the Mountain View Tire Avenger (qualified 7th, Lost Rd 2 to Greg Anderson), Jeg
Coughlin in the Mopar/Jeg’s Avenger (qualified 11th, Lost Rd 1 to V
Gaines) and Chris McGaha (qualified 12th, Lost Rd 1 to Erica
This is the third Pro Stock win by a Dodge Avenger this
season when factoring in the win at the O’Reilly Spring Nationals by Vincent
Nobile with Johnson’s wins.