Category Archives: Allen Johnson Racing

Marathon Petroleum’s Allen Johnson Knows Cooler Raceday Will Be Crew Chief’s Game, Confident in Chances at Victory at Texas Motorplex

Marathon Petroleum’s Allen Johnson Knows Cooler Raceday Will Be Crew Chief’s Game, Confident in Chances at Victory at Texas Motorplex

ENNIS, Tex. (October 14, 2017) – In high track temperatures during qualifying, Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson qualified No. 11 and is looking forward to the cooler track temperatures on raceday as he takes on the competition at the 32nd annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals. Continue reading Marathon Petroleum’s Allen Johnson Knows Cooler Raceday Will Be Crew Chief’s Game, Confident in Chances at Victory at Texas Motorplex

Team Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals Qualifying Report

Team Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals Qualifying Report

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (September 30, 2017) – Allen Johnson drove the Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart to the No. 10 seed at the Sixth annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park.

On Friday, Johnson found a solid baseline when he powered his red, white, and blue Dodge Dart to a 6.575-seconds pass at 209.39 mph. In the evening session, Johnson drifted towards the centerline and hit a timing block at the finish line and his 6.578, 207.82 was disallowed. Continue reading Team Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals Qualifying Report

Team Marathon Petroleum Quick Facts, Race Stats, and Notes: AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals

Team Marathon Petroleum Quick Facts, Race Stats, and Notes: AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (September 26, 2017) – Coming off a semifinal appearance at last weekend’s Dodge NHRA Nationals, Johnson heads to the Sixth annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals No. 7 in the Pro Stock points and is hoping to continue his upward swing in performance at Gateway Motorsports Park this weekend.

Quotable:
“I remember racing Jim Yates in the finals in 1999 and I got real close to the center line and got loose and I remember thinking I should’ve won that one,” Johnson reminisced. “I’ve been to the finals three times at Gateway Motorsports Park without winning and I think it’s about time we changed that.”

In His 500th Pro Stock Race, Allen Johnson Slingshots Marathon Petroleum Dodge Dart into Semifinal Round at Dodge NHRA Nationals

In His 500th Pro Stock Race, Allen Johnson Slingshots Marathon Petroleum Dodge Dart into Semifinal Round at Dodge NHRA Nationals

READING, Pa. (September 24, 2017) – Allen Johnson drove his Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart to the semifinal round after defeated Kenny Delco and Drew Skillman in eliminations at the 33rd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.
Continue reading In His 500th Pro Stock Race, Allen Johnson Slingshots Marathon Petroleum Dodge Dart into Semifinal Round at Dodge NHRA Nationals

Allen Johnson Takes on Raceday at Dodge NHRA Nationals in 500th Pro Stock Race of Career

Allen Johnson Takes on Raceday at Dodge NHRA Nationals in 500th Pro Stock Race of Career

READING, Pa. (September 23, 2017) – Allen Johnson qualified No. 4 in the Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart at the 33rd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway. In his 500th race of his Pro Stock career, Johnson will have lane choice over Kenny Delco in the first round.

On Friday, Allen Johnson and the Marathon Petroleum team were greeted with uncommon Reading, Pennsylvania sunshine. Capitalizing on similar track conditions to the Carolina Nationals last weekend at zMAX Dragway, the Adam Hornberger-led team went back into their data logs and put a tune-up in it for Maple Grove Raceway. Johnson rocketed to the No. 3 spot with a 6.589-seconds pass at 209.79 mph and collected one bonus point for being third quickest of the session. Continue reading Allen Johnson Takes on Raceday at Dodge NHRA Nationals in 500th Pro Stock Race of Career

Allen Johnson Looking to Make Up Ground Approaching 500th Career Pro Stock Race at Dodge NHRA Nationals

Allen Johnson Looking to Make Up Ground Approaching 500th Career Pro Stock Race at Dodge NHRA Nationals

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (September 20, 2017) – Legacy is one word that comes to mind when you think of Allen Johnson’s monumental Pro Stock racing career. This weekend’s 33rd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway marks Johnson’s 500th race in the Pro Stock category – the most of any current driver in the class. Continue reading Allen Johnson Looking to Make Up Ground Approaching 500th Career Pro Stock Race at Dodge NHRA Nationals

Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing NHRA Carolina Nationals Qualifying Report

Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing NHRA Carolina Nationals Qualifying Report

CONCORD, N.C. (September 16, 2017) – The first raceday of the Countdown to the Championship is on the horizon and Allen Johnson comes into the fight No. 9 in the Pro Stock points. On the eve of raceday at the 10th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals, Johnson finds himself as the No. 10 seed in the Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart and will race Drew Skillman in the first round of eliminations.
Continue reading Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing NHRA Carolina Nationals Qualifying Report

Allen Johnson Closes Out U.S. Nationals Qualifying No. 10, Clinches Spot in Countdown to the Championship

Allen Johnson Closes Out U.S. Nationals Qualifying No. 10, Clinches Spot in Countdown to the Championship

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 3, 2017) – It’s been an emotional weekend so far for the Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart team led by 2012 Pro Stock World Champion Allen Johnson. With Johnson’s retirement announcement coming on Friday afternoon at the 63rd annual U.S. Nationals, he quickly turned his focus back to performing on track and working to win his first U.S. Nationals in his 22-year career. Continue reading Allen Johnson Closes Out U.S. Nationals Qualifying No. 10, Clinches Spot in Countdown to the Championship

Allen Johnson to Retire from Pro Stock Competition After 2017 Season

Allen Johnson to Retire from Pro Stock Competition After 2017 Season

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 1, 2017) – Longtime Pro Stock fan-favorite and 2012 NHRA Pro Stock World Champion Allen Johnson announced his retirement from Pro Stock competition at the end of this season during a press conference on Friday at the NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. Continue reading Allen Johnson to Retire from Pro Stock Competition After 2017 Season

Allen Johnson Equipped to Suit Up for Successful U.S. Nationals

Allen Johnson Equipped to Suit Up for Successful U.S. Nationals

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (August 29, 2017) – The biggest race of the year is upon Allen Johnson and the Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Team. Johnson reached his first U.S. Nationals final round last year and is hoping to take it one step further this season and bring home the win to Greeneville, Tennessee. Continue reading Allen Johnson Equipped to Suit Up for Successful U.S. Nationals

Team Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Recap: Brainerd NHRA Nationals

Team Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Recap: Brainerd NHRA Nationals

BRAINERD, Minn. (August 20, 2017) – Allen Johnson took his Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart to the quarterfinals at the 36th annual NHRA Nationals this weekend at Brainerd International Raceway after earning a season-high No. 3 qualifying position.

In the first round, Johnson staged up against Mark Hogan. Johnson was awarded a bye-run and clocked in with a 6.641-second pass at 207.11 mph when Hogan suffered mechanical issues at the starting line and was unable to stage. Continue reading Team Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Recap: Brainerd NHRA Nationals

Allen Johnson Captures Attention in Qualifying, Starts No. 3 at Brainerd NHRA Nationals

Allen Johnson Captures Attention in Qualifying, Starts No. 3 at Brainerd NHRA Nationals

BRAINERD, Minn. (August 19, 2017) – After four rounds of competitive qualifying, Allen Johnson catapulted the Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart to a season-high No. 3 qualifying position at the 36th annual NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

In the first qualifying session, Johnson started out with a solid 6.658-second pass at 206.46 mph landing him in the No. 5 spot. The 2012 Pro Stock World Champion came back in the Friday evening session and crossed the finish line at Brainerd International Raceway with an impressive 6.622, 206.86; that run awarded him one bonus point and his second bonus point for the 2017 season. Continue reading Allen Johnson Captures Attention in Qualifying, Starts No. 3 at Brainerd NHRA Nationals

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