Defying broiling temperatures that kept most competitors' times down, Allen Johnson hit 197.65 mph in his Dodge Avenger on Saturday to become the top qualifier in the Pro Stock category at the NHRA Mopar Mile High Nationals.
In the wake of Scott Kalitta's recent death in a racing accident, the NHRA took an interim step, reducing the length of Top Fuel and Funny Car races to 1,000 feet. The change kicked in Friday night at the Mopar Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.
The Western Swing is often crucial to title hopes in the NHRA. Add shorter races for Top Fuel and Funny Car as well as tight battles in Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle and there's more drama than ever, writes Bill Stephens.