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Mopar Dart wearing special “Thank You” wrap in Vegas

by Bill Cawthon on

Allen Johnson’s Pro Stock Dodge Dart is wearing a new graphics wrap at this weekend’s NHRA Toyota Nationals at the Strip in Las Vegas.


The special “Thank You” wrap celebrates Allen and Roy Johnson’s 20 years of competition in Mopar–powered Dodge NHRA Pro Stock cars. In 2012, the Johnsons delivered Dodge’s first Pro Stock championship since 1994.

It’s also significant because Roy, Allen’s father and engine builder, is back at the track for the first time since undergoing spinal surgery in early September.

“It’s very special to have him out there in front of the car, and to give me the thumbs up before I go down the track,” the younger Johnson said. “It brings a smile to my face, because I know it brings a smile to his. Anytime we can put him on pedestal, he certainly deserves that.”

The rumors continue to circulate that this will be the final year for the Johnsons and Mopar. While no one is confirming anything, it’s said that Allen Johnson will be retiring from Pro Stock competition after this season and that the Mopar sponsorship will go to Elite Motorsports. The scenario for the 2016 season has Erica Enders, the likely 2015 Pro Stock champion, and Jeg Coughlin, who recently signed on with Elite for the full Mello Yello schedule, taking over two Mopar-sponsored Dodge Darts while two other drivers will take Elite’s Camaros.

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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