ProCare Rx NHRA SuperNationals
Steady and consistent is Johnson’s mantra
Englishtown, prerace: If Allen Johnson has said it once, he’s said it a thousand times: The key to making the NHRA Countdown to the Championship is consistency. With a six-race stretch approaching, consistent performances are more important than ever.
“Consistency is very, very important in these next six races,” Johnson said emphatically. “We just need to be solid, with no breakages to the cars. We need to qualify in the top half to get lane choice and win the first round, and then just take the rest of it as it comes.”
Johnson, driver of the Mopar/J&J Racing Dodge Stratus R/T, took the No. 1 qualifier spot and posted a semifinal finish at last year’s event. He’ll look to find another successful set up on his Dodge Stratus R/T this weekend.
“This track has just been very fast, it’s close to sea level, and we’ve just been able to put together a good combination there,” Johnson said of his Englishtown track record. “We’ll try to do the same thing this year.”
If the NHRA Countdown to the Championship ended today, Johnson would earn a berth in the new play-off system. Yet the Team Mopar veteran understands that there is a lot of racing yet to take place before the Countdown cut.
“We are tight from fifth to 12th,” Johnson said of the current Countdown standings. “I’m not satisfied by any means at where I am at now. I’m not where I want to be. I want some more distance between me and the final Countdown spot. And, of course, we need to get Richie in there, too, even though he’s only a few round [wins] behind me. We just need to stick to our game plan of being consistent. I think it’s going to be very exciting. The fans are really going to be into the race for the top eight.”
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