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Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Quick Facts, Race Stats, and Notes: NHRA Nationals in Brainerd

Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Quick Facts, Race Stats, and Notes: NHRA Nationals in Brainerd

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (August 15, 2017) – 818 by any standards is a monumental number. For Allen Johnson, that is the amount of times he has staged his car on raceday during eliminations in his 21-year Pro Stock career. As the Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart team heads to 36th annual NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, Minn. this weekend, he finds himself in the No. 10 spot with a target on his back with two races left before the drivers in the Countdown to the Championship are decided. With some recent momentum on his side, Johnson is ready to go rounds at Brainerd International Raceway. Continue reading Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Quick Facts, Race Stats, and Notes: NHRA Nationals in Brainerd

Allen Johnson Takes Marathon Petroleum Dodge Dart to Quarterfinals at NHRA Northwest Nationals

Allen Johnson Takes Marathon Petroleum Dodge Dart to Quarterfinals at NHRA Northwest Nationals

KENT, Wash. (August 6, 2017) – Allen Johnson powered to the second round of eliminations after defeating Greg Anderson in the first round at the 30th annual NHRA Northwest Nationals.

First round, Johnson’s and Anderson’s qualifying times were only separated by .001-seconds. The duo staged and the battle was on. Johnson clocked in with a stout 6.592-second pass at 209.88 mph and out-powered Anderson’s 6.611, 209.14.

Second round, Johnson lined up the Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart against Tanner Gray. In the hot track conditions, Johnson slowed to a 6.616, 209.17 and was narrowly edged out by Gray’s 6.584, 209.14.

“It felt really good to get a round win,” Johnson said. “We’re happy. We’re gaining on them like I’ve said all year. I think if we keep doing what we’re doing, by Countdown to the Championship time, I think we will be right there with the top four or five cars.”

Allen Johnson’s Northwest Nationals Raceday Stats:
Qualified: No. 8
First Round: Allen Johnson (6.592, 209.88) def. Greg Anderson (6.611, 209.14)
Second Round: Tanner Gray (6.584, 209.14) def. Allen Johnson (6.616, 209.17)

Allen Johnson Makes On-Track Strides During Qualifying at NHRA Northwest Nationals

Allen Johnson Makes On-Track Strides During Qualifying at NHRA Northwest Nationals

KENT, Wash. (August 5, 2017) – Allen Johnson and the Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing team made some of their biggest on-track performance strides of the season during qualifying at the 30th annual NHRA Northwest Nationals.

On Friday, Johnson began qualifying with a 6.646-second pass at 207.53 mph. With a good starting point to work off of, the Adam Hornberger-led team came back and made a massive improvement when Johnson blazed down the 1,320-foot race surface with a 6.617, 209.52.

Saturday, Johnson bettered his qualifying effort once again with a 6.601, 209.49 in the Marathon Petroleum Dodge Dart and was third quickest to the 60-foot timing blocks in that session. Johnson closed out qualifying at Pacific Raceways with a troubled 7.262, 143.00 after drifting out of the groove and coasting to the finish. Notably, Johnson was first to the 60-foot mark in the Pro Stock class in the final session and was set to run his best of the weekend before Johnson decided to abort the run to avoid potentially an unfortunate situation.

Johnson ended up in the No. 8 spot and will have a first round matchup against Greg Anderson on Sunday, August 5th.

Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Quick Facts, Race Stats, and Notes: Northwest Nationals

Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Quick Facts, Race Stats, and Notes: Northwest Nationals

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (August 1, 2017) – This weekend marks the 17th of 24 events in 2017 for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. With three races left before the Countdown to the Championship, it is crucial for Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart driver Allen Johnson to qualify well and remain in the top 10 in points.

“Our Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing team is trying some things to get ready for the Countdown,” Johnson said after qualifying last weekend at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals. “We’re finding out what this car wants and once we get a few lucky breaks our way, we will gain some momentum.”

Allen Johnson: History at Pacific Raceways
Allen Johnson won the Northwest Nationals in 2006 over Tom Martino
Johnson posted a runner-up appearance in 2007 to Dave Connolly and 2008 to Jason Line.
Johnson was No. 1 qualifier in 2009, 2012, and 2014.
Last year: qualified No. 5; lost in second round to Jason Line.

Northwest Nationals Run Schedule
QUALIFYING
Friday, August 4th at 2:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 5th at 1:30 and 4:00 p.m.
ELIMINATIONS
Sunday, August 6th at 11:00 a.m. starting with Top Fuel

Northwest Nationals TV Schedule
Qualifying will air on FS1 on Friday, August 4th at 9:00 p.m. (ET).
Eliminations will air live on FOX on Sunday, August 6th at 4:00 p.m. (ET).

Allen Johnson Plans to Put Top Half Qualifying Spot to Good Use on Raceday at Sonoma Nationals

Allen Johnson Plans to Put Top Half Qualifying Spot to Good Use on Raceday at Sonoma Nationals

SONOMA, Calif. (July 29, 2017) – At most racetracks on the circuit, having lane choice during eliminations is of utmost importance for raceday success and Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing’s Allen Johnson will start his raceday from the top half at the 30th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals.

On Friday, Johnson began qualifying at Sonoma Raceway with a solid 6.593-second pass at 210.05 mph. As the temperatures dropped for the evening session, Johnson and crew chief Adam Hornberger capitalized on cooler conditions and bettered their performance with a 6.581, 210.64.

Saturday, the first session of the day proved to be difficult for teams to get any power to hold on the racetrack but Johnson proved why he has had so much success in the Pro Stock class when he was one of the only cars to get down the track with a stout 6.584, 211.03. Johnson closed out qualifying with his quickest of the weekend so far – 6.578, 210.41.

“Our Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing team is trying some new things for our long-term performance right now,” Johnson said. “I think we have a chance at it tomorrow if we can execute and get a few lucky breaks our way. In the last session today, we were only a little over one hundredth of a second behind them and that’s the closest we’ve been all year.”

No. 8 Johnson will have lane choice over No. 9 Jeg Coughlin Jr. in the first round.

“When you have a matchup against Jeg first round, it’s going to be a tuner and driver combination that will win,” he added. “He can be tough on the tree and usually runs well. I will go up there and plan to be 20 or better on the tree. The stuff we are trying is paying dividends so I think we can do well tomorrow.”

Allen Johnson’s Tenacious Spirit is Main Motivator to Succeed in Sonoma

Allen Johnson’s Tenacious Spirit is Main Motivator to Succeed in Sonoma

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (July 25, 2017) – Perseverance. This word can be used to describe the 2012 Pro Stock World Champion team that goes to battle week in and week out with Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing’s Allen Johnson at the helm. This week is no different as they make their way to Sonoma, California for the 30th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals held at Sonoma Raceway. Continue reading Allen Johnson’s Tenacious Spirit is Main Motivator to Succeed in Sonoma

Allen Johnson Leaves the Mountain with Head Held High After Close First Round Race

Allen Johnson Leaves the Mountain with Head Held High After Close First Round Race

DENVER, Co. (July 23rd, 2017) – Fans came from far and wide to see the spectacle that is racing on the mountain at Bandimere Speedway and Marathon Petroleum’s Allen Johnson was just happy to be a small part of it all.

Johnson came into raceday in the No. 6 spot, his second highest qualifying position of the 2017 season. In his 494th raceday start in his illustrious 20-year career, Johnson had a first round matchup and lane choice over current points leader Bo Butner. Continue reading Allen Johnson Leaves the Mountain with Head Held High After Close First Round Race

Allen Johnson Ready to Defend King of the Mountain Legacy on Raceday at Mopar Mile High Nationals

Allen Johnson Ready to Defend King of the Mountain Legacy on Raceday at Mopar Mile High Nationals

DENVER, Co. (July 22, 2017) – Defending Mopar Mile High Nationals Pro Stock winner and reigning King of the Mountain Allen Johnson knows he has a target on his back going into raceday at Bandimere Speedway in his Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart but he wouldn’t have it any other way.

On Friday, Johnson came into the weekend with a solid 6.959-second pass at 197.48 mph. After persistent rain showers, NHRA made the executive decision to eliminate the second session of the night due to the unfriendly racing weather conditions. Continue reading Allen Johnson Ready to Defend King of the Mountain Legacy on Raceday at Mopar Mile High Nationals

Allen Johnson: History at Bandimere Speedway

Allen Johnson: History at Bandimere Speedway
AJ is tied with Bob Glidden for most wins at Bandimere Speedway at the Mile High Nationals (7 wins)
The Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart qualified No. 10 in 2016 and overcame all odds to outperform the entire Pro Stock class and ink his 10th final round at the event in a row and the 11th of his career
AJ’s Bandimere Final Round History:
2002 Runner-Up to Mike Edwards
2007 Win over Ron Krisher
2008 Runner-Up to Greg Anderson
2009 Win over Jason Line
2010 Win over Jeg Coughlin Jr.
2011 Runner-Up to Mike Edwards
2012 Win over V. Gaines
2013 Win over V. Gaines
2014 Win over Jeg Coughlin Jr.
2015 Runner-Up to Larry Morgan
2016 Win over Vincent Nobile
Reigning King of the Mountain Allen Johnson Ready to Defend Title and Legacy at Mopar Mile High Nationals Continue reading Allen Johnson: History at Bandimere Speedway

Allen Johnson Drives to Quarterfinal Finish, Bumps into Top 10 for First Time of Season

Allen Johnson Drives to Quarterfinal Finish, Bumps into Top 10 for First Time of Season

NORWALK, Ohio (June 25, 2017) – Allen Johnson drove the Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart to the quarterfinal round of competition after taking out Chris McGaha in the first round of eliminations at the 11th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.

Johnson came into raceday in the No. 9 spot and had a first round matchup against Chris McGaha. When Johnson reacted at the launch with a strong .022-second reaction time, his win light was already turned on in his lane because McGaha turned on the red light by .012-seconds. Despite the red light, Johnson still crossed the finish line at Summit Motorsports Park first with a 6.627-second pass at 209.43 mph over McGaha’s 6.670, 208.91. Continue reading Allen Johnson Drives to Quarterfinal Finish, Bumps into Top 10 for First Time of Season

Continuous Qualifying Improvement Brings Marathon Petroleum’s Allen Johnson Determination for Norwalk Raceday

Continuous Qualifying Improvement Brings Marathon Petroleum’s Allen Johnson Determination for Norwalk Raceday

NORWALK, Ohio (June 24, 2017) – In the most closely packed Pro Stock field in ages, Marathon Petroleum Co./J&J Racing Dodge Dart driver Allen Johnson will take on the competition from the No. 9 spot at the 11th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park. Continue reading Continuous Qualifying Improvement Brings Marathon Petroleum’s Allen Johnson Determination for Norwalk Raceday

Allen Johnson Hopes to Bring the Thunder to the Valley on Raceday in Bristol

Allen Johnson Hopes to Bring the Thunder to the Valley on Raceday in Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. (June 17, 2017) – Marathon Petroleum Co./J&J Racing Dodge Dart driver Allen Johnson drove his way to the No. 7 spot after four rounds of qualifying at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.

On Friday, Johnson began his qualifying efforts with a solid 6.730-second pass at 205.13 mph. Battling against high humidity, the entire Pro Stock class made their best attempts in the extreme conditions. In the second session, Johnson and the Adam Hornberger-led team clocked in with a 6.745, 204.26. Continue reading Allen Johnson Hopes to Bring the Thunder to the Valley on Raceday in Bristol

Allen Johnson’s Marathon Petroleum Dodge Dart Strengthening Performance Heading into Home Race

Allen Johnson’s Marathon Petroleum Dodge Dart Strengthening Performance Heading into Home Race

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (June 14, 2017) – There are only eight racetracks on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing circuit that Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing driver Allen Johnson has yet to win at and his home track of Bristol Dragway is one of them. With new found momentum, Johnson is ready to capitalize on their performance gains this weekend at the 17th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.

Johnson has been to the final round 59 times in his 20-year Pro Stock career and surprisingly, only one of those has been at Bristol Dragway back in 2012. He’s been the No. 1 qualifier at this event in 2010, 2011, and 2012 and it is more than possible for Johnson to outperform the competition this weekend and bring home the elusive Thunder Valley Nationals win once and for all. Continue reading Allen Johnson’s Marathon Petroleum Dodge Dart Strengthening Performance Heading into Home Race

Allen Johnson Takes Marathon Petroleum Dart to Quarterfinal Finish at NHRA Summernationals

Allen Johnson Takes Marathon Petroleum Dart to Quarterfinal Finish at NHRA Summernationals

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 11, 2017) – Allen Johnson drove the Marathon Petroleum Co./J&J Racing Dodge Dart to the quarterfinal round of competition after defeating Matt Hartford on raceday at the 48th annual NHRA Summernationals.

First round, Johnson began raceday in his highest qualifying position of the season at No. 4 and had lane choice over Matt Hartford. Battling high track temperatures, the Pro Stock class knew it was a driver and tuner combination that would win each round of racing in Englishtown. Both competitors were almost identical off the tree and Johnson’s 6.637-second pass at 209.59 mph was enough to take out Hartford’s 6.645, 209.79. Continue reading Allen Johnson Takes Marathon Petroleum Dart to Quarterfinal Finish at NHRA Summernationals

Allen Johnson Skyrockets Marathon Petroleum Co. Dodge Dart to No. 4 Spot

Allen Johnson Skyrockets Marathon Petroleum Co. Dodge Dart to No. 4 Spot

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 10, 2017) – What a weekend it has been for the Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart team so far at the 48th annual NHRA Summernationals. 2012 Pro Stock World Champion drove to his highest qualifying position of the season after only participating in three out of four sessions.

On Friday, Johnson clocked in with an honorable 6.640-second pass at 210.54 mph. Knowing they had more in it, the Adam Hornberger-led team finessed the tune-up and improved eight thousandths of a second in the evening session when he crossed the finish line with an impressive 6.567, 210.90. Continue reading Allen Johnson Skyrockets Marathon Petroleum Co. Dodge Dart to No. 4 Spot

Allen Johnson Tapping into Past Englishtown Success for NHRA Summernationals

Allen Johnson Tapping into Past Englishtown Success for NHRA Summernationals

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (June 6, 2017) – Marathon Petroleum’s Allen Johnson is ready to put the early exit at the New England Nationals in the rear-view mirror and redirect his focus to this weekend at the 48th annual NHRA Summernationals.

Johnson has been in the final round three times at this event and won in 2011 over Vincent Nobile. He always went on to be the No. 1 qualifier in 2006 and 2014. Continue reading Allen Johnson Tapping into Past Englishtown Success for NHRA Summernationals

Allen Johnson Posts Season High No. 8 Qualifying Spot Heading into Raceday at New England Nationals

Allen Johnson Posts Season High No. 8 Qualifying Spot Heading into Raceday at New England Nationals

EPPING, N.H. (June 3, 2017) – The Marathon Petroleum Corporation/J&J Racing team has really begun to hit their stride as of late. The red, white, and blue group is showing their true talent with a No. 8 qualifying spot at the Fifth annual NHRA New England Nationals.

Allen Johnson began his quest to his highest qualifying spot of the season on Friday at New England Dragway with a solid 6.562-second pass at 211.10 mph placing him in the No. 5 spot. Johnson bettered his performance in the second session on Friday evening with a 6.551, 211.43.

Saturday, Johnson remained consistent when he drove his Marathon Petroleum Dodge Dart to a 6.552, 210.77 and with a .975-second 60-foot time, he was second fastest to the 60-foot mark. Where starting line advantages and quick 60-foot times are crucial, the performance was a definite confidence booster. Continue reading Allen Johnson Posts Season High No. 8 Qualifying Spot Heading into Raceday at New England Nationals

Marathon Petroleum’s Allen Johnson Primed for Return to Victory Lane at New England Nationalsen Johnson Primed for Return to Victory Lane at New England Nationals

Marathon Petroleum’s Allen Johnson Primed for Return to Victory Lane at New England Nationals

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (May 30, 2017) – Marathon Petroleum Corporation/J&J Racing Dodge Dart driver Allen Johnson is heading back to New England Dragway this weekend. The Epping, New Hampshire-based track has brought much success for Johnson; he has been in the final round three times since the inaugural event in 2013. Continue reading Marathon Petroleum’s Allen Johnson Primed for Return to Victory Lane at New England Nationalsen Johnson Primed for Return to Victory Lane at New England Nationals

Team Marathon Petroleum Makes Big Jump in Performance in Topeka, Hopeful About Upcoming Four-In-A-Row

Team Marathon Petroleum Makes Big Jump in Performance in Topeka, Hopeful About Upcoming Four-In-A-Row

TOPEKA, Kans. (May 21, 2017) – Allen Johnson drove his Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart to the quarterfinals on raceday at the 29th annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals.

No. 10 Johnson had a first round matchup against No. 5 Matt Hartford. Only two hundredths apart between their qualifying positions, Johnson knew if he could do his job at the starting line, there was a very good chance at inking his 451st round win of his career. Continue reading Team Marathon Petroleum Makes Big Jump in Performance in Topeka, Hopeful About Upcoming Four-In-A-Row

Allen Johnson Closing in On Field at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals

Allen Johnson Closing in On Field at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals

TOPEKA, Kans. (May 20, 2017) – Allen Johnson powered the Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart to the No. 10 position after three rounds of qualifying at the 29th annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals.

On Friday, it was all but considered a wash-out as Mother Nature lingered overhead with dark clouds and persistent rain all throughout the afternoon. With a brief break in the storms, the NHRA Safety Safari was able to dry the track in record time and Pro Stock was able to make one run. Johnson crossed the finish line at Heartland Park Topeka with a 6.697-second pass at 206.13 mph. Continue reading Allen Johnson Closing in On Field at the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals