Pro Stock’s Allen Johnson has seen many victories in his 20-year career but many sacrifices have been made on his way to becoming the NHRA Pro Stock World Champion in 2012.
“More than anything, family time is the thing that I have to sacrifice the most when I’m out on the road,” Johnson said. “I don’t get to spend as much time with my grandkids during the racing season and I don’t get to be there for each one of their games they play in. You know, we make up for it in other ways but you sure do miss seeing them play in the Friday night game but they understand and we support each other in other ways. I’m very thankful my family is so understanding.”
This dream all began with Johnson wanting to fulfill a dream of someone else – his father Roy Johnson.
“The deciding factor to race Pro Stock full time was because I wanted to give my dad his dream,” he said. “He wanted to race Pro Stock professionally his whole life and never got the opportunity. I was lucky in business and was able to give him and our whole family the opportunity to go racing.”
After 27 career Pro Stock wins and 59 final rounds, winning the 2012 Pro Stock World Championship has been the biggest payoff for the scarifies he’s had to make on his way to his ultimate goal – a Pro Stock championship.
“Winning the championship was the biggest payoff for me and my whole family,” Johnson added. “Winning races, making sponsors happy, and winning that championship were our biggest goals coming into this thing. All those things pay dividends and motivate us to accomplish more. It brings a sense of accomplishment and makes all the time lost at home worth it.”