Pro Stock racer Allen Johnson continued his mastery of Bandimere Speedway on Sunday as he raced to his fourth Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals win at the scenic track near Denver. Colo.
Antron Brown won in Top Fuel and Jack Beckman was the winner in the Funny Car ranks.
Johnson driving his Team Mopar Dodge Avenger defeated V. Gaines in the final round with a winning run of 6.951 seconds at 197.31 mph. Gaines trailed with a performance of 7.144 at 160.35 in his Kendall Oil Avenger. Johnson was the No. 1 qualifier, set a new track record for elapsed time and was able to set the overall top speed and elapsed time during the event. It was his sixth consecutive career final round appearance at the track.
“My quote is going to be that 'practice makes perfect' as we came up here and tested and developed a combination that's just bad to the bone,” Johnson said. “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 it was the 75th anniversary for Mopar. We really, really wanted to win this race so that we could hand them the Wally [trophy].”
With the win Johnson takes over the series points lead from Greg Anderson, who had held the lead since the first race of the season.
In Top Fuel, Brown defeated Brandon Bernstein who continues his winless drought. Brown had a winning pass of 3.957 seconds at 308.21 in his Matco Tools dragster to edge Bernstein's MAV TV dragster, which trailed at the finish line with a 3.959 at 307.58. With the victory, Brown moves into second in the points standings, 11 behind teammate Spencer Massey. Brown is the most recent driver to sweep the Western Swing, in 2009, and hopes this is the first step in repeating that feat.
It was Brown's second win at Denver in three finals. He was happy to hold off his good buddy Bernstein in the final.
Massey who was defeated by Bernstein in the semi-finals became the first Top Fuel driver to earn a position in the Countdown to the Championship.
In Funny Car, Beckman powered his Valvoline NextGen Dodge Charger to his second win of the year when he defeated rookie driver Courtney Force with a run of 4.277 seconds at 293.79 seconds to the losing run of 4.289 at 283.49 in Force's Traxxas Ford Mustang. This is also his second win at Bandimere Speedway in three final-round appearances.
Antron Brown, 3.957 seconds, 308.21 mph def. Brandon Bernstein, 3.959 seconds, 307.58 mph.
Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger, 4.277, 293.79 def. Courtney Force, Ford Mustang, 4.289, 283.49.
Allen Johnson, Dodge Avenger, 6.951, 197.31 def. V. Gaines, Avenger, 7.144, 160.35.
Pro Stock Bike:
In an all Harley final,Eddie Kraewic defeated his teammate Andrew Hines for the win.