A.J. hooks No. 2
Sonoma, Saturday: Allen Johnson hooked himself a No. 2 in Pro Stock qualifying for the Fram-Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway.
The driver of the Mopar/J&J Racing Dodge Stratus R/T set his quickest time of 6.612 seconds at 207.21 mph in the Friday-night session under ideal conditions. It matched Greg Anderson's 6.612-second pass, but Anderson was awarded the No. 1 spot that evening by virtue of his faster speed.
Anderson then went on to establish an even quicker pass of 6.605/208.20 in today's earlier session to solidify his No. 1 position.
Johnson's other passes included a 6.672/206.54, a 6.625/207.56 and a 6.647/207.15.
"It's funny to hear myself say this, but we're a little disappointed we didn't get the pole," said Johnson. "I can't even hardly fathom thinking like that. But we're happy. Same goals as always: get in the top half, get lane choice tomorrow, win first round, then maybe go a couple of more rounds and build some points.
"The Mopar Dodge Stratus has just been flawless all weekend. Richie's is a little bit here and there. They made a run there (in the last session) that will be good to tune on for tomorrow. He'll be fast tomorrow too. We got something for them."
Johnson faces Larry Morgan in the opening round of eliminations on Sunday.
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