Johnson No. 1 Pro Stock qualifier at Mile High

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MORRISON, Colo. (AP) -- 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.

Johnson, of Greeneville, Tenn., covered the straight-line, quarter-mile course at Bandimere Speedway in 6.978 seconds to lead the 16-car contingent qualifying for Sunday's elimination rounds.

The Pro Stock motorcycle division, and Funny Car and Top Fuel dragsters also will send their top 16 qualifiers into their respective elimination rounds on Sunday.