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After dominating every qualifying session, Mopar Dodge Avenger driver Allen Johnson earned the Pro Stock pole position with the lowest quarter-mile elapsed time of 6.550 seconds and set the top speed at 211.99 mph at the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals at the famed Texas Motorplex near Dallas. It is Johnson’s tenth No. 1 Qualifier honor this season and the 28th of his career, and was just the beginning for a great weekend.
Last weekend’s performance was a big boost for Johnson who entered the event just three playoff points ahead of defending Pro Stock champ Jason Line in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship, and after collecting maximum qualifying bonuses and the title win, now extends his lead to 93 points.
“I looked at the elimination ladder last night and thought, ‘Oh, my, I’m going to have to work for this one’,” added Johnson. “We just took it one round at a time without getting ahead of ourselves. Somebody who’s won several championships called me before this thing ever started and told me, ‘Just enjoy it, and have fun.’ That advice was very important. I'm up for this challenge, and I'm enjoying it.”
Johnson followed up his runner-up finish last week in Charlotte with his first win in the playoffs against Erica Enders in the final round of elimination with an elapsed time of 6.598 seconds at 210.93 mph to Enders’ 6.835/209.39 after slowing at the start.
Following an incredibly close 0.004 second quarter-final win against Greg Anderson, Nobile found himself in a good old fashioned Texas-style Mopar versus Mopar showdown against Johnson for the second race in a row.
Their semi-final bout was unbelievably tight from start to finish, beginning with Johnson’s reaction time of 0.010 of a second to Nobile’s 0.011, and a finish that saw win lights in Johnson’s favor after an ET of 6.559 / 210.90 to Nobile’s 6.613 /210.21 mph. [9/27/2012]
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