NHRA Big O Nationals at Las Vegas

Johnson and Mopars dominate

For NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson, the dream the Mopar Dodge Avenger driver has harbored for 17 years is so close he can almost touch the championship trophy, almost taste the champagne. The key word: Almost.

Johnson emerged triumphant in a Mopar final-round duel on Sunday, Oct. 28, at the NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, knocking out teammate Vincent Nobile to earn a sweep of both 2012 NHRA Vegas events. It is his sixth victory of the season and 15th Pro Stock win of his career. Most importantly, Johnson is now 126 points ahead of the second-place Jason Line — the Team Mopar veteran needs only to qualify at the season-ending NHRA Finals Nov. 8-11 in Pomona, Calif., to clinch his first title.

And as strong as the day was for Johnson, it was even better for Mopar. The brand celebrated not one, but two Pro class wins at Vegas, as Ron Capps defeated fellow Dodge Charger R/T driver Jack Beckman in an all-Mopar Funny Car final. The Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) duo are 1-2 in the points standings, with Capps now just four points behind Beckman in the chase for the Funny Car championship — giving Mopar the distinct possibility of dual championship celebrations at Pomona.