For the fourth time in six years, Dodge Pro Stock racer Allen Johnson dominated the show at the Mopar Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Raceway.
Johnson was the number-one qualifier in the 16-car Pro Stock field, setting new track records for both e.t. and top speed. In the final round he defeated fellow Dodge driver V. Gaines with a run of 6.951 seconds at 197.31 mph, as local favorite Gaines trailed with a 7.144 at 160.35 mph in his Kendall-sponsored Avenger.
All weekend, Johnson demonstrated his mastery of the always challenging air conditions at Bandimere caused by the tracks 5800-ft. elevation.
My quote is going to be that practice makes perfect, as we came up here and tested and developed a combination thats just bad to the bone, said Johnson. We want to do well in front of our Mopar contingent, my bosses, and the people that sign those checks at the end of the year. This year was extra special because its the 75th anniversary for Mopar. We really, really wanted to win this race so that we could hand them the Wally. (Much like the Oscar in film or the Tony on Broadway, the top award in NHRA drag racing is called a Wally, after series founder Wally Parks.)
With his third win of the season, Johnson has now taken the season points lead over perennial Pro Stock champion Greg Anderson, who had led the points race since the year began.
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