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Johnson wins All-Mopar Pro Stock Final

by Bill Cawthon on

Allen Johnson collected the Wally in his eighth consecutive Mopar Mile-High NHRA final-round appearance, beating teammate Jeg Coughlin Jr. in an all-Mopar matchup. Coughlin got too eager and jumped the gun, turning on the red light and handing Johnson the win.

This is Johnson’s third consecutive win at Bandimere Speedway and his fourth win of the of the 2014 Mello Yello NHRA drag racing season. He picks up extra points for defending his track speed record.

V. Gaines turned on the red light in the first round of today’s eliminations.

Erica Enders-Stevens was eliminated in the second round but she has racked up enough points to lock up a berth in the Countdown to the Championship, a six-race series at the end of the regular season that determines the world championship.

It was a first-round exit for Matt Hartford and Deric Kramer, as well. Hartford lost to a hole-shot win by Greg Anderson and Kramer lost to a hot pass by Coughlin.

In Fuel Funny Car, top qualifier and track ET and speed record holder John Force lost his final-round match with son-in-law Robert Hight in an all-Mustang final. Hight picks up his fifth win. Hight has now locked up the first Funny Car spot in the Countdown to the Championship.

Force had outrun Ron Capps, the last Dodge driver in the competition, in the semi-final round. Capps had the better start, but Force had the better finish.

Matt Hagan and Jack Beckman made it to the quarterfinals. Hagan went up in smoke about the 660-foot marker in his race with Force and Beckman lost a back-and-forth race with Tim Wilkerson.

Beckman ended Tommy Johnson Jr.’s race day in Round One when the Make-A-Wish Foundation Charger started mixing up the cylinders.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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