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Jegs, Allen Johnson To Team Up In Pro Stock

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Monday, November 19 2012

Pro Stock champ Allen Johnson will have a teammate next season. (Photo courtesy of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series)

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Reigning NHRA Pro Stock world champion Allen Johnson will team with four-time champ Jeg Coughlin Jr. beginning with the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

Johnson and Coughlin will continue to drive Mopar-backed Dodge Avengers powered by Hemi motors, which will originate from Johnson’s J&J Racing shop in Greeneville, Tenn.

“Allen and I were teammates this year under the Mopar umbrella so it was a very natural progression to become actual teammates moving forward,” Coughlin said in a news release. “Allen and his father, Roy, along with the rest of the guys at J&J Racing, really put on a show this year and proved to everyone that Mopar can compete with and triumph against the best of the best in one of the toughest categories in racing. We’re very excited about joining with them.”

Johnson, 52, led the Pro Stock class with seven victories in 11 final-round appearances this year, improving his career record to 16 wins in 36 finals. He also led the class with 10 low-qualifier awards, set low elapsed time of the race nine times and ran top speed on 10 occasions. The result was Johnson’s first NHRA championship and the first Pro Stock title for Mopar since Darrell Alderman’s in 1994.

Coughlin finished ninth in the final Countdown to the Championship standings. Four of Coughlin’s five world titles have come in Pro Stock, with the JEGS.com pro prevailing in 2000, 2002, 2007 and 2008. His 53 national event Pro Stock victories place him fourth on the all-time list.

“The plan is for Allen and me to start a tradition of Mopar winning titles with regularity,” said Coughlin, a 42-year-old resident of Delaware, Ohio. “They’ve given both Allen and me all the tools we need to succeed and I think the first year of the Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing Series will be a great one for both of us. We hope to get these cars as close to matching clones as possible so we can really work off one another at every race. The multi-car team approach works, as we’ve seen in the past, and hopefully it will work for us as well.”

In addition, Vincent Nobile, who completed his second year in the Mountain View Tire Dodge Avenger, will continue to use J&J Racing engines. Nobile finished third in the final standings.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Monday, November 19 2012
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