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Johnson wins in Mile-High NHRA Nationals

MORRISON, Colo. (AP) - Defending Pro Stock champion Allen Johnson won the Mile-High NHRA Nationals for the fifth time Sunday, holding off Colorado native V. Gaines in the final round.

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Making his seventh straight final-round appearance in the event, Johnson raced to his fourth victory of the year with a 6.989-second run at 196.87 mph in a Dodge Avenger. He was two straight victories at the Colorado track and four in the past five years.

``My crew is the reason that we've had all of this success for the last seven races here,'' Johnson said. ``They are just so determined to win it every year. I have to thank them and give them all of the credit.''

Spencer Massey won the Top Fuel division, Cruz Pedregon topped the Funny Car field, and Shawn Gann won in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Massey raced to his third victory of the season and 13th of his career, beating Bob Vandergriff in the final. Massey powered his dragster to a 3.974 at 309.27.

Pedregon won for the first time in Denver since 1993, powered his Toyota Camry to 4.233 at 295.46 to edge Bob Tasca III. Pedregon has three victories this year and 33 overall.

In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Gann claimed his first victory since winning in Denver in 2004, riding his Buell to a 7.351 at 181.08 to beat points leader Hector Arana Jr.

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