JOHNSON WINS AT TEXAS MOTORPLEX EN ROUTE TO FIRST EVER NHRA PRO STOCK WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
ENNIS, Texas (Jan. 9, 2013) – Before the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series kicks off next month in Pomona, Calif., it’s only fitting that we honor the champions who crossed the country and thrilled Texas Motorplex fans in September before going on to claim the top honors in the quickest and fastest form of motorsport.
Johnson gave Dodge its first racing series title in nearly 20 years when he claimed the NHRA Pro Stock championship. Dodge hadn’t claimed a title in 18 years and Johnson’s became the fifth overall racing series title for Dodge.
Johnson drove his Team Mopar Dodge Avenger to personal records in victories and top qualifying position. Johnson, 52, earned seven wins in 11 final round appearances while earning a category-leading 10 top qualifying honors.
Johnson beat Erica Enders in the final, collecting the first of three Countdown victories en route to his first championship and a $250,000 payout for the title.
Texas Motorplex was the first all-concrete stadium-style drag racing facility ever constructed. Built in 1986, Texas Motorplex has been the place of many drag racing milestones and world record performances. The Billy Meyer-owned facility hosts a number of racing and car show events between March and November each year and also features the Champion’s Club – an 11,000 square-foot facility – that serves fully catered events throughout the year.