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It was a good weekend (May 18-20) for Mopar drivers at the NHRA Dollar General Summernationals at Heartland Park Topeka, with winners in the Pro Stock and Funny Car classes. A season-high five Mopar-powered Pro Stock drivers qualified for eliminations. And in the Funny Car final it was two Mopar-bodied cars from Don Schumacher Racing going head to head.
“Congratulations from everyone at Mopar to Allen Johnson on his second win of the season,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “The NHRA Pro Stock class is so close from top to bottom and the power and reliability of the Mopar HEMI engines has been showing week in and week out. We are very proud of Allen and it’s great to have him as part of Team Mopar.
“Congratulations as well to Jack Beckman for winning in Funny Car in a Mopar-powered Dodge Charger R/T.”
Allen Johnson earned his second win of the season. For the native of Greeneville, Tenn., it marked his 27th career final-round appearance, 11th career Pro Stock win and second career victory at Topeka.
Johnson, who opened the event as the No. 1 Qualifier in his Mopar Dodge Avenger, setting a new track speed record and new track elapsed-time record, was paired with four-time Pro Stock champion Greg Anderson in the final round. Johnson used a pass of 6.587-seconds at 210.54 mph, coupled with a reaction time of 0.014 to down Anderson, who ran a 6.696/210.21 with a reaction time of 0.004.
In the opening round of eliminations, Johnson used a 6.587/209.79 number to dispatch Ronnie Humphrey, who turned in a 6.628/209.01. Johnson recorded a pass of 6.570/210.31 in the quarterfinals to advance over No. 9 qualifier Ron Krisher, who ran a 6.609/209.59. The semifinals found Johnson facing off with Shane Gray. The J&J Racing owner/driver recorded a lap of 6.590/210.24 to his opponent’s 6.648/207.75, to punch his ticket to the final.
“Our Mopar crew is on top of the world right now,” said Johnson. “We were just so strong and consistent all weekend. I’ve been talking about consistency all season and it’s really paying off now. The HEMI engines that we build are putting out plenty of power, and we have a great set-up on our Mopar Dodge Avenger.”