BRISTOL, Tenn. (June 19, 2016) – Allen Johnson came into raceday at the 16th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals with positive vibes from friends and family but he unfortunately came up short in the second round to Jeg Coughlin.
In the first round, Johnson clocked in with a 6.695-second pass at 207.59 mph and took the win over Alex Laughlin’s 6.760, 206.29.
Johnson came into second round with lane choice over 5x Pro Stock World Champion Jeg Coughlin. Johnson and Coughlin had almost identical reaction times with only .003-seconds separating the two competitors. Johnson ran a 6.971, 167.32 after shoving in the clutch down track when he made a sharp move out of the groove and towards the wall. Coughlin advanced with a 6.746, 204.63.
“We thought we ran slow in the first round so we kind of got after it in second round and just blew the tires off,” Johnson admitted. “No matter what, coming here and spending time with our friends and family at our home track is really special to me.”
Johnson has plans to stay an additional day at Bristol Dragway to test on Monday.
“We’re doing some testing for Goodyear but we’ll test some other things that we think will help us for Norwalk,” he added.
ALLEN JOHNSON, MARATHON PETROLEUM CO./J&J RACING DODGE DART
Qualified: No. 6
First Round: JOHNSON (6.695-second, 207.59 mph) def. Alex Laughlin (6.760, 206.29)
Second Round: Jeg Coughlin (6.746, 204.63) def. JOHNSON (6.971, 167.32)
FRIDAY: 6.726, 205.47 (Session 1); 6.708, 204.66 (Session 2)
SATURDAY: No Time (Session 3); 6.709, 206.51 (Session 4)