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Allen Johnson's hopes for his first career NHRA POWERade Pro Stock championship took a huge hit yesterday, Oct. 28, at the ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals, the first event in the Countdown to 1 two-race title shootout. Johnson, No. 4 in the Countdown to 1 standings, lost a crucial first-round match-up with Jeg Coughlin, now second in the Countdown to 1. The driver of the Mopar/J&J Racing Dodge Stratus R/T coupled a .020 reaction time with a run of 6.870 at 202.58, but it wasn't enough to best Coughlin's 6.822-second elapsed time at 203.71 mph.

"We went on offense, like we talked about," said Johnson, who captured one win this year, in July at the Mopar Mile-High Nationals in Denver, Colo. "We just got a little too aggressive, and the track couldn't hold it."

Johnson's teammate, Team Mopar/Valspar Dodge Stratus R/T driver Richie Stevens Jr., couldn't reclaim the magic that took him to a 2006 Vegas win. The Louisiana native advanced as far as the quarterfinals, but his luck ran out in a second-round battle with event winner Greg Anderson.

V. Gaines, pilot of the Kendall Oil Dodge Stratus R/T, who advanced to the finals at the previous event in Richmond, put together another strong outing. Gaines defeated Jason Line in round one and then Jagermeister Dodge Stratus R/T driver Max Naylor in the quarterfinals to advance to the semis, where he was another victim of event winner and points leader Anderson.

Next up for the Mopar Pro Stockers is the season finale and the final event of the Countdown to 1, the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals in Pomona, scheduled for Nov. 1-4.

 

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"It's an unfortunate way to end it today, but we'll hold out a little bit of hope. Everybody did their best, and that's all you can ask for. It just didn't work out and it wasn't our day."

— Allen Johnson, on his first round loss to Jeg Coughlin at the ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals yesterday. Johnson is now a distant fourth in the Countdown to 1 points standings, with just one event left.
 

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it was a good weekend in vegas, just wish Shumaker would have shut his mouth!

David Baca (my boss) came in here tuesday complaining about Shumaker...he also said that he was told to take the fall against his company teammate "Hot" Rod Fuller. Fuller later said that Baca is the teammate he always wanted.
 
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