Johnson tops Mile-High NHRA Nationals qualifying

By: AP Sports
By: AP Sports

MORRISON, Colo. (AP) -- Defending Pro Stock champion Allen Johnson topped Mile-High NHRA Nationals qualifying Saturday for the fourth straight year and fifth time overall.

Seeking his fifth victory at Bandimere Speedway and fourth in the past five years, Johnson claimed the top spot with a 6.949-second run at 198.23 in a Dodge Avenger.

Steve Torrence led the Top Fuel field, Cruz Pedregon topped the Funny Car order, and Adam Arana was the fastest in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Torrence broke the track speed record at 319.60 mph, finishing in 3.880 seconds.

Pedregon secured his third No. 1 qualifying position of the season and 53rd overall with a 4.073 at 307.37 in a Toyota Camry. Arana claimed his first career No. 1 qualifying position with a run of 7.242 at 184.47 on a Buell.

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