By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: July 20th, 2014 at 12:32 am EST
Allen Johnson has won four of the past five races at the Mopar NHRA Mile High Nationals. Yet, the Mopar sponsored car got pushed out of the top spot on the final session.
Jason Line needed his final run to get the No. 1 qualifier with a 6.924 seconds at 198.70 mph run. His run was able to beat Johnson’s run by 0.004 seconds.
This is Line’s first No. 1 qualifier run of this season, and the second of his career at Bandimere Speedway. Line will face No. 16 qualifier Steve Kalkowski, who had a 7.254 seconds at 190.22 mph run.
“I can’t tell you how hard everybody has been working at the shop,” said Line. “It’s been a tough grind but we are tired of running bad and tired of losing. At some point, you get kicked enough and you get up and do something about it. We are definitely at that point. I didn’t think we could be No. 1, but I knew that we would be good.”
Johnson, who re-took the top spot in the third session from Erica Enders-Stevens, qualified second. He went 6.928 seconds at 198.90 mph and will face No. 15 qualifier Tommy Lee, who went 7.068 seconds at 195.11 mph.
Enders-Stevens finished third with her 6.934 seconds at 198.61 mph. She’ll face Larry Morgan, who is the No. 14th qualifier after he went 7.019 seconds at 196.16 mph.
Jeg Couglin Jr., who is also a Mopar sponsored car, finished fourth. He went 6.937 seconds at 198.73 mph, and will face No. 13 qualifier Deric Kramer, who went 6.993 at 197.25 mph.
Greg Anderson, who is Line’s teammate, finished in fifth place. Anderson had a 6.937 seconds at 198.44 mph run, and will face off against No. 12 qualifier Matt Hartford, who had a 6.984 seconds at 197.86 mph run.
Anderson, who has been bounced out in the first round to Dave Connolly the past two race weekends, will continue to try to get in the Top 10 in points after missing the first five races with heart surgery. He is presently in 11th place with 439 points.
Other Pro Stock pairings:
Denver resident No. 6 qualifier V. Gaines vs. No. 11 qualifier Dave Connolly
No. 7 qualifier Chris McGaha vs. No. 10 qualifier Shane Gray
No. 8 qualifier Vincent Nobile vs. No. 9 qualifier Jonathan Gray