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									Pro Stock papa and Mopar Hemi engine guru Roy Johnson
got comfortable behind the wheel of a new F/SA Challenger
of his own at Bristol Dragway, but he sure isn’t a rookie
by Kelly Wade                                         Comp and won two
                                                      national events back to
         ne could say that Roy Johnson has a          back, the Cajun

O        fondness for racing, but it would be a
         whole lot more accurate to say that the
         feisty and fun-loving Southerner
         somehow got the pesky speed bug under
his skin early in life, and it burrowed deep,
lodging itself so definitely into his being that he
would never again be whole without it.
                                                      Nationals in Baton
                                                      Rouge, La., and the
                                                      SPORTSnationals in
                                                      Indianapolis. The
                                                      following two seasons
                                                      produced a pair of
    It had been a long time, but the eternal yearn    Division 2
to race the 1,320 was recently satisfied when he      championship titles. In
debuted his F/SA Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag          all, his two national
Pak entry — a gift from son and Pro Stock ace         event victories were the
Allen — at his home race, the NHRA Thunder            highlight of six final-
Valley Nationals in Bristol.                          round appearances. In
    Johnson will tell you that he doesn’t even        1986, though, Johnson
recall a time when he didn’t want to be a part of     decided that he’d had his fill, and it was time to        Stocker fitted with a Steve Schmidt powerplant.
racing, at least in some way. The Greeneville,        hang up the gloves.                                       They were off and running in the Pro
Tenn., resident started competing in go-karts in          “When I quit, I thought I’d never do this again,”     doorslammer class and never looked back.
the early 1960s, played on the dirt track for a few   said Johnson. “The wife and I did flea market stuff,         Though Schmidt contributed early in their Pro
years, and then began feeding his speed craving       and I thought I had gotten away from it, except that I    Stock racing days, Johnson soon took over and
with drag racing.                                     had a shop and did cars and motors, always                has been the team’s engine builder ever since. He
    “It’s something that’s been in me all my life,”   something to do with hot rodding. I guess it never        has also provided 500 cubic inches of Hemi
he said. “I can’t put my finger on anything that      really did leave me. In 1995, Allen persuaded me to       power for other competitors, including 2009
might have triggered it. I’ve just always had a       go racing again. At first I said, ‘No, no, no.’ I had a   customer Johnny Gray, who recorded career-best
love for fast cars and speed.”                        nice little business building motors and working on       numbers that season and his first top 10 finish in
    As is often the case, racing became a family      cars — doing specialty work, you might say — and          the category, and former Comp racer Vinnie
affair, and son Allen got the bug, too. The pair      I was making good money, but I wasn’t really too          Deceglie, who scored the first round-win of his
competed successfully in IHRA Super Stock as a        hard to persuade.”                                        career at the recent event in Bristol over three-
team from 1977 to 1983, and the elder Johnson                                                                   time world champion Greg Anderson.
collected numerous victories and a pair of season         llen purchased a Super Comp car, and the                 Johnson aims to provide the best to his customers
championships behind the wheel of a ’62
Plymouth. For the next couple of years, he raced
in NHRA competition, and the 1983 season
                                                      A   two went racing, but soon enough, they
                                                          realized that Super Comp wasn’t quite their
                                                      cup of tea. By the Phoenix event in 1996, Allen
                                                                                                                while keeping steady focus on Allen’s program. He
                                                                                                                seems to have mastered the balance of his craft with
                                                                                                                enjoying the atmosphere and can often be seen at the
played out to be a career year for the lifelong       had logged time at Roy Hill’s Drag Racing                 ropes laughing with friends and fans or signing
engine builder and auto-repair specialist. He         School, and their team, known as J&J Racing,              autographs, but when he is in close proximity to the
drove Jim Danuel and Tim Neal’s Opel GT in            was in possession of a Jerry Haas-built Pro               Dodge Avenger, it’s all business. Along with putting

                                                                                  The ’09 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak is
                                                                                  painted in the likeness of the one Roy
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