Johnson Hopes to Bring the Thunder to the Valley on
Raceday in 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.
Saturday, the red, white, and blue Marathon Petroleum Dodge
Dart crossed the finish line at Bristol Dragway with a 6.752,
205.60. It was a 6.738, 204.63 that closed out qualifying
for the Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing team after a brief
“In the final session, we really got after it and it
finally 60-footed better,” Johnson said. “I know
we can be competitive tomorrow.”
No. 7 Johnson will have lane choice over No. 8 Alex Laughlin
in the first round. In eliminations, Johnson is 5-0 against
“Our tune-up is really close to the top
right now,” he added. “It’s
going to be hot and tricky out there but we have a setup for
that kind of weather. We don’t change our tune-up a
lot during raceday unless the weather changes a bunch but
we just gotta get after it tomorrow like we did today in the
final session. If we can do that, we could very well win this
Johnson’s Marathon Petroleum Dodge Dart Strengthening
Performance Heading into Home Race.
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.
“I love this race because this is where
we get to sort of give back to all of our friends and our
employees that allow us to race like we do,”
Johnson said. “We have a lot of employees
that have a suite and it’s always fun coming here. My
dad has raced in the area since the 1960’s and it’s
nice to be gelling as we head into this race. We’ve
got a shot to win it for the first time.”
Johnson Takes Marathon Petroleum Dart to Quarterfinal
Finish at NHRA Summernationals.
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
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
“The track is hot and grimy,”
Johnson said at the top end following first round. “We
got a little aggressive and the car spun like crazy. I started
going towards the centerline and I just started pulling gears
and it was good enough to win.”
Johnson took over lane choice against Greg Anderson in the
second round with his performance in the first round of eliminations.
Johnson crossed the finish line at Old Bridge Township Raceway
Park with an improved 6.622, 209.56 but fell short in a very
close matchup against Anderson’s 6.611, 210.14.
“We’re in the ballpark now,”
he smiled. “It’s just a matter of
a few breaks coming our way but I’m tickled to death
that the car is running good. We’re just a little bit
out of practice on raceday but if I can get my left foot off
the clutch faster and tune it back up, they better watch out
for our Marathon Petroleum team.”
Johnson Skyrockets Marathon Petroleum Co. Dodge Dart
to No. 4 Spot.
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.
Saturday, Johnson ran a 6.582, 210.44 and electrified the
competition when he was second fastest of the session. His
performance collected him two bonus points and his first bonus
points of the season. Immediately after his run, Johnson hopped
on a plane back to Tennessee to support his wife Pam in her
charity event with Dancing with the Tri-Cities Stars. He did
not compete in the final session but he remained in the No.
“You know, we just keep gaining on them
and we’ve really turned a corner with our program,”
Johnson said. “We’re
taking baby steps each run and to make a big jump up to No.
4 like that was really awesome. We just gotta keep diggin’
Johnson Tapping into Past Englishtown Success for NHRA
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.
“Englishtown has always been one of my favorite
races,” Johnson said. “Englishtown
was a Mopar race for a really long time after I first started
racing Pro Stock and through the Mopar race, we’ve gotten
to know a lot of great people at this race. The Summernationals
always is pretty good to our Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing
Despite a first round loss just a few days ago in Epping,
Johnson still remains confident in the advancements in their
performance the last three races.
“We’ve got a setup for if the track
gets hot and grimy and we’ve got a setup for if it gets
cold out there,” he added.
“I feel like I have more confidence right now than I
have in a long while which is good going into this long stretch.
Maybe we can go some rounds and get some crucial points this
Johnson Posts Season High No. 8 Qualifying Spot Heading
into Raceday at New England Nationals.
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.
Moments before the final qualifying session, the J&J Racing
team discovered the engine was broke and they did a last minute
engine swap. With one pair in the burnout box as he pulled
into the staging lanes, Johnson rushed to get suited up and
make his final run. In all the chaos, Johnson was able to
run another dependable 6.559, 209.79.
“The motor didn’t sound right when
I cranked it over right before our third qualifying run but
it made a good pass so I didn’t think too much of it,”
Johnson explained. “Right
before they called us to the lanes, I asked the boys if we
could crank it over one more time. When I did that, it was
making a squeaky noise and I knew we had to swap the engine
quick. That was at 3:40 and we were scheduled to run at 4:00.
We swapped it in 20-25 minutes and were able to make the run.”
Johnson wrapped up qualifying at the Fifth annual NHRA New
England Nationals in the No. 8 spot and will have a matchup
against Jason Line in the first round.
“Our Marathon Petroleum team has made some
serious strides these last few races,”
Johnson added. “Like I said last race in
Topeka, if we can start out qualifying well and progress all
four runs, we can get real close to those top guys. We’ve
got another engine now with a different setup that is just
as good as this one we’ve got right now. We really are
gaining on them.”
Petroleum’s Allen Johnson Primed for Return to
Victory Lane at New England Nationals.
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.
Johnson drove his way to the winner circle at the inaugural
event in 2013 and returned to the final round two more times
in 2015 and 2016.
always enjoy coming back to Epping,” Johnson
said. “The area around the track kind of
reminds me of the mountains where I live so I feel at home
when we come here. Being the first winner there in 2013 makes
me feel like there’s some prestige when we race there
every year. We’re real excited to get there because
we finally have some momentum on our side.”
The New England Nationals is the beginning of what could be
considered the most strenuous section of the NHRA Mello Yello
Drag Racing Series schedule. Racing every weekend in June,
Johnson knows the importance of keeping everything in tip-top
shape during the four-in-a-row.
“We have to make sure all of our parts, pieces, and
employees are fresh and everything is good to go because it
can take a toll on you,” he added.
Johnson was able to break through into the second round for
the first time this season at the last event in Topeka, Kansas
and that performance seems to have boosted moral in the Marathon
“The whole team is a little more upbeat and more confident
in what we’re doing,” he said. “I
hope we can take that little bit of momentum from the last
two races and project it into a win this weekend at the New
Marathon Petroleum Makes Big Jump in Performance in
Topeka, Hopeful About Upcoming Four-In-A-Row.
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.
In first round, Johnson was .029 on the tree and had over
four hundredths on Hartford at the launch. Johnson crossed
the stripe at Heartland Park Topeka with a 6.587-second pass
at 209.39 mph and carried that starting line advantage to
a holeshot win over Hartford’s 6.578, 210.67.
Second round, the 2012 Pro Stock World Champion lined up against
Jeg Coughlin. Johnson slowed to a 6.634, 209.98 after tire
shake at the launch and wasn’t able to recover in time
to outrun Coughlin’s 6.575, 209.23.
“As a team, we picked up and we’re
within two hundredths when we were about six or seventh hundredths
a few races ago so we’ve made a big jump in performance
this weekend,” Johnson beamed. “If
we can start there next race, we can take it down to one hundredth
and be even closer. A round win for the first time this year
isn’t anything to brag about and it’s been a tough
season so far but I think we’ve got the data to run
right with them now. We’re really close.”
Johnson Closing in On Field at the Menards NHRA Heartland
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.
Saturday’s weather presented a different set of challenges
for the Marathon Petroleum team. The Adam Hornberger-tuned
team turned heads in the first session of the day when he
clocked in with a 6.583, 209.17. That pass was sixth fastest
of the session – one of their best performances of the
season thus far.
“That run sure felt good,”
Johnson smiled. “Each week, we try to do
‘knock it out of the park’ type stuff and you
know, it’s basically starting over every week because
we try new stuff on the dyno and then bring that to the next
race. That run felt real good and it’s still got a little
left in it. It feels really good to be as close as we are
to the competition.”
Johnson finished qualifying with a consistent 6.587, 210.11
and landed in the No. 10 position. He will race Matt Hartford
in the first round of eliminations tomorrow; the last time
this pair staged up against each other in eliminations was
Dallas, Texas in 2014. Despite losing lane choice for first
round, Johnson is confident it’ll be a driver-tuner
combination that’ll come out victorious on raceday.
“Everybody on this Marathon Petroleum team is gonna
have to do their job tomorrow,” he added.
“Everybody is so close right now and it’s
anybody’s game right now. We’ve got a shot at
Johnson Knows Importance of Performance at Menards NHRA
Tenn. (May 16, 2017) – If
there was one word to describe Marathon Petroleum/J&J
Racing driver Allen Johnson’s season, it’d be
progress. He is hoping to take that progress and ink his first
victory of the season at this weekend’s 29th annual
Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka.
“It’s getting to the part of the season
where it’s very important to do well,”
Johnson said. “We’ve made a few more
gains this past week on the dyno so we’re hoping our
performance may be just a little better than it was in Atlanta.
It’d be nice to get lane choice for first round and
start winning some rounds.”
In the eighth of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing
Series, there are eleven races in the regular season left
to get into the Countdown to the Championship. Sitting on
the outside looking in, Johnson knows the importance of knocking
down some of his competition on raceday.
“Points are important and we have to start
paying attention to them because we’re not in the top
ten right now,” Johnson admitted. “You
know, we’re just gonna take it round by round like we
always do in our Marathon Petroleum Dodge Dart and try to
get better. We gotta get better to get points and win rounds.”
With questionable weather on the horizon that may threaten
Friday’s qualifying, capitalizing on the qualifying
runs they do get is very crucial.
“We just go into each race with the best setup we have
on the dyno,” Johnson admits. “We
haven’t tested it because we made some big changes.
If the weather cuts our qualifying short, we’re prepared
to go up there with our best estimated and educated guess
from the dyno.”
Johnson Rockets Marathon Petroleum Dodge Dart to Season
High No. 9 at NHRA Southern Nationals.
Ga. (May 6, 2017) – Allen
Johnson and the Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart
team have smiles from ear to ear after qualifying a season
high No. 9 at the 37th annual NHRA Southern Nationals.
After qualifying got cancelled before any runs were made at
Atlanta Dragway on Friday for the Pro Stock class, Johnson
knew capitalizing on Saturday’s qualifying would be
“When you only get two runs, you gotta be
perfect in qualifying just like you have to be on raceday,”
Johnson said. “You gotta be
On Saturday, the team was greeted with sunshine and no clouds
in sight. On the first run, Johnson clocked in with a 6.623-second
pass at 208.62 mph which put him in the No. 9 spot. In the
second and final qualifying session, Johnson posted a consistent
6.652, 208.78 up on the scoreboard at the Commerce, Ga.-based
After the second qualifying sessions, Johnson remained in
the No. 9 spot. That No. 9 position granted him a first round
matchup against No. 8 Vincent Nobile in the first round.
“We tried to start today just how we ended in Charlotte
and build on it,” he smiled. “We
had a plan for this weekend to stay very close to what we
did in Charlotte and not change a whole lot. I’m really
excited about being No. 9. It just psyches the heck out of
Marathon Petroleum Race Preview: NHRA Southern Nationals.
Tenn. (May 2, 2017) – Allen
Johnson took home the win at Atlanta Dragway fifteen years
ago in 2002 and he can’t think of a better time to bring
his Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart all the way
to the winner circle once again.
The 37th annual NHRA Southern Nationals is the seventh of
24 races in the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series and
as of the last two races, Johnson has found some major performance
gains in their engine department.
“We made some serious gains in Houston and
Charlotte and I’m looking forward to going to this final
race in the three-in-a-row to see what’ll happen,”
Johnson said. “We’re not 100% there
yet but if I had one word for last weekend in Charlotte, it’d
Johnson Makes Best Run of Season at NHRA Four-Wide Nationals,
Heading to Atlanta with Progress Made.
N.C. (April 30, 2017) –
Marathon Petroleum Co./J&J Racing Dodge Dart driver Allen
Johnson fell in the first round of eliminations at the NHRA
Four-Wide Nationals but the team is looking to next weekend’s
race in Atlanta with fresh eyes and a positive outlook on
their current race setup.
Johnson qualified No. 12 and had a first round quad against
Chris McGaha, Jason Line, and Alan Prusiensky. Johnson improved
his qualifying time by over four-thousandths in the first
round when he clocked in with a 6.612-second pass at 209.26
mph. The Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing team made great
improvements in that round but Johnson not able to advance
to the second round over McGaha’s 6.601, 210.24 and
Line’s 6.594, 210.67.
“That’s the closest we’ve run
to the field all season,” Johnson said.
“If we can qualify like that, we can get
a better spot on the ladder and that’ll give us a better
draw on raceday. We’ve had a lot of progress this weekend
and I’m tickled to death. This weekend was definitely
a step in the right direction.”
Marathon Petroleum No. 12 at NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.
N.C. (April 29, 2017) –
Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson will head into raceday at the
NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in the No. 12 position in his Marathon
Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart.
On Friday, Johnson hit zMAX DRAGWAY with a tune-up to see
what the track would hold. The Marathon Petroleum/J&J
Racing Dodge Dart launched a little too aggressively and he
shook a little after the 60-foot mark; he coasted to a 12.005-second
pass at 94.79 mph. The Adam Hornberger-led team came back
in the second session on Friday and greatly improved with
a 6.657, 208.33.
In the first session on Saturday, Johnson ran his best of
the weekend when he lit up the scoreboards with a 6.644, 208.55.
Johnson clocked in with a 6.674, 209.14 in the closing round
of qualifying but he felt there was more out there for his
car in the final session.
“The run in the third session was the best
run we’ve made all year compared to the rest of the
field,” Johnson said. “We
were sixth-fastest of the session in Q3. I think we could’ve
done that the fourth round too if the car in front of us wouldn’t
have leaked any fuel on the track the pair before us.”
“We definitely made some improvements here
at zMAX DRAGWAY this weekend so far in our Marathon Petroleum/J&J
Racing Dodge Dart,” he added.
Johnson’s No. 12 qualifying position will line him up
against Jason Line, Chris McGaha and Alan Prusiensky in the
first round of eliminations tomorrow.
“With the Four-Wide, I need to focus on
my own lane and just get staged first, get on the throttle
first, and hopefully get off the clutch first.”
Johnson Hopeful About Performance Gains, Looking to
Nab First Four-Wide Victory.
Tenn. (April 25, 2017) –
Performance gains couldn’t have come at a better time
for Allen Johnson and the Marathon Petroleum Corporation/J&J
Racing Dodge Dart team. In the second of three races in a
row, Johnson is hoping to translate his performance momentum
into round wins this weekend at the eighth annual NHRA Four-Wide
Nationals at zMAX Dragway.
“We tested at zMAX Dragway two weeks ago,”
Johnson said. “We should be able to use
most of that data for this weekend and the track surface should
be close to what it was when we were testing.”
The uniquely-formatted NHRA Four-Wide Nationals presents different
challenges than a regular raceday but despite the challenge
of staging and competing against three other racers, Johnson
seems to be almost unaffected by it all.
“I don’t have to change my routine
really,” Johnson admitted. “I
just try to stage first and let everyone else figure it out.
It’s a fun race to do once a year but if you don’t
pay attention when you’re staging, it can really be
a mess with fuel-injection.”
Petroleum’s Allen Johnson Finds Gremlins, Encouraged
Tex. (April 23, 2017) – Allen
Johnson and the Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart
Pro Stock team may have not turned on the win light in the
first round of eliminations, but perhaps they found something
a little more important: the gremlin that has been plaguing
their performance so far this season.
Johnson came into raceday as the No. 13 seed with his fastest
pass during qualifying being a 6.645, 207.94. That granted
him a first-round matchup against Bo Butner.
In the first round, Johnson bettered his best pass of the
weekend by an outstanding eight-thousandths of a second. He
crossed the finish line at Royal Purple Raceway with a 6.567,
211.16 but Butner’s 6.523, 213.33 advanced to the second
Despite being a first-round runner-up, Johnson left the 30th
annual NHRA SpringNationals extremely optimistic and encouraged.
“We traded out everything electrical and
fuel-related in the car,” Johnson said.
“The win light might’ve not turned
on in our lane but I feel really positive about the performance
of my Marathon Petroleum Dodge Dart in the first round. I
think we found our gremlin!”
Johnson Focused on SpringNationals For Season Turn-Around.
Tex. (April 22, 2017) –
Allen Johnson and the Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge
Dart team qualified No. 13 this weekend at the 30th annual
In the first session on Friday, Johnson clocked in with a
6.656-second pass at 208.84 mph. The Adam Hornberger-led team
returned for Friday’s session and crossed the finish
line at Royal Purple Raceway with an almost identical 6.656,
On Saturday, Johnson improved his qualifying position with
a 6.645, 207.94. In the final qualifying session of the weekend,
he had trouble at the launch and coasted to the finish line
with a 13.028, 82.44.
“We’re consistently fighting to get
faster,” Johnson said. “I
figure we can try new things, change some stuff and try to
get faster or we don’t change a thing and stay slow.
We’re trying a lot of things but it’s hard to
keep up with it and make good runs. We’re looking for
the magic spot for this Marathon Petroleum Co. Dodge Dart.”
No. 13 Johnson will race No. 2 Bo Butner in the first round
of eliminations on Sunday morning. The pair has yet to race
this year in eliminations.
“I’m very hungry for some round wins,”
he added. “I’m going
to need to be perfect tomorrow and he’s gonna need to
screw up. We’ll never give up and eventually our luck
will turn around. I’m hoping it turns around this weekend.”
Petroleum’s Allen Johnson Looking to Knock Houston
Off His List.
Tenn. (April 18, 2017) – Royal
Purple Raceway is one of the tracks on Marathon Petroleum
Corporation/J&J Racing driver Allen Johnson’s short
list of tracks he has yet to win at. The 2012 Pro Stock World
Champion has been in the final round a total of three times
in his career at Houston and he’s ready to capture his
first win this weekend at the 30th annual NHRA SpringNationals.
“Houston is one of the tracks I haven’t
won at yet and this Marathon Petroleum team is ready to take
that one off the list this weekend,” Johnson
As the red, white, and blue Marathon Petroleum Dodge Dart
enters the property, it will mark Johnson’s 485th race
in Pro Stock and a perfectly opportune time to bring home
his first win of 2017. Houston is only one of eight racetracks
on the current NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour that
Johnson hasn’t parked himself in the winner circle at
and after a test session last week at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte,
North Carolina, they may be coming up on a tune-up to make
that victory a reality.
“We tested a few new motor combinations
and manifolds in Charlotte last week and we’re trying
to find something that’s better than what we have right
now,” he added. “We’re
digging to find the power. We’re not giving up and we’ll
keep trying new things in our Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing
Aside from competing this weekend, Johnson plans on visiting
a Marathon Petroleum refinery on Thursday before the event.
“I enjoy visiting the refinery when we come to the Houston
race,” he said. “We
do an appearance there with the truck and then a lot of the
Marathon people join us out at the track during the weekend;
it’s a special race for our team.”
Johnson Moving Forward with Tune-Up After Qualifying
at DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals.
VEGAS, Nev. (April 1, 2017) –
Allen Johnson drove his Marathon Petroleum Co./J&J Racing
Dodge Dart to the No. 13 spot after four rounds of qualifying
at the 18th annual DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals.
On Friday, Johnson began qualifying at The Strip at Las Vegas
Motor Speedway with a 7.127-second pass at 162.78 mph after
they suffered a mechanical issue on their Marathon Petroleum
Dodge Dart GT. The Greeneville, Tenn.-native returned in the
second session with an improved 6.749, 204.82.
The K&N Horsepower Challenge was held on Saturday afternoon
during the third qualifying session. No. 7 Johnson matched
up against No. 2 Greg Anderson. The pair staged and it was
time to battle for the win. Johnson crossed the finish line
ahead of Anderson with a 6.746, 204.85 but Anderson’s
6.670, 205.19 took the victory after Johnson red lit by .057-seconds
at the hit. Johnson’s pass was not enough to send him
to the second round of the K&N Horsepower Challenge but
his elapsed time was still counted towards qualifying.
Johnson finished out qualifying with his fastest pass of the
weekend when he clocked in with a 6.736, 204.91.
“We keep easing up on it one run at a time
with some new equipment,” Johnson said.
“We’re still not making the car run
down low and that’s our problem right now but if we
can match those guys to the eighth-mile, we’re gonna
be real close. “
He finished out the day in the No. 13 spot and will have a
first-round matchup against Greg Anderson in the morning.
“We’ll go out there and make our best run in our
Marathon Petroleum Co./J&J Racing Dodge Dart and maybe
we’ll have some luck on our side.”
K&N Horsepower Challenge Winner Allen Johnson Set
to Triumph as Lone Mopar in Las Vegas’ Bonus Race.
Tenn. (March 28, 2017) – Marathon Petroleum
Corporation/J&J Racing Dodge Dart driver Allen Johnson
is not unfamiliar with being the standalone Mopar competitor
in Pro Stock in his 20-year racing career. When he first entered
Pro Stock in 1996, he was the lone Mopar driver in competition
for several years and this weekend is no different as he competes
in this weekend’s double-header.
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will offer two opportunities
for victory for Allen Johnson and the Marathon Petroleum team
– the 18th annual DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals and
the prestigious K&N Filters Horsepower Challenge.
the only Mopar in the K&N Horsepower Challenge and the
only full-time Mopar in Pro Stock, it motivates our whole
Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing team to get our car competitive
so we can stand out in this bonus race,” Johnson
said. “Standing out among the other manufactures
always is extra motivation. When we started out, it was the
same way. We were the only Mopar out there from ’96
The K&N Horsepower Challenge began in 1985 and this year
will mark Johnson’s 14th year competing in the bonus
race. He is one of nine elite Pro Stock drivers that has won
the K&N Challenge and then went on to win the main event
in the same weekend.
“That 2013 double-up was real exciting,”
Johnson reminisced. “Another double-up would
be great but just to be in a competitive position to win either
race right now would be a very big plus.”
FACTS: ALLEN JOHNSON’S HISTORY AT THE STRIP AT LAS VEGAS
has won the DENSO Spark Plug NHRA Nationals two times
He became one of nine drivers to double-up when he won
the main event and the K&N Horsepower Challenge in
Johnson has a special history at this track. Starting
in the spring of 2012, he won three consecutive races
at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He won the spring
event in 2012 over Vincent Nobile, the fall 2012 event
over Nobile again and came back in the spring of 2013
and took home the Wally over Erica Enders
This is Johnson’s 14th time competing in the K&N
He’s tied with Bruce Allen, Erica Enders, and Jim
Yates for the fourth winningest drivers in the K&N
Horsepower Challenge with two wins each
Qualifying Brings Bright Spot for Allen Johnson in Marathon
Petroleum Co. Dodge Dart.
Fla. (March 18, 2017) – Qualifying
is complete at the 48th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals
and the Marathon Petroleum Co./J&J Racing Pro Stock driver
Allen Johnson is starting from the No. 11 seed, his highest
of the 2017 season so far.
On Friday, Johnson brought his Dodge Dart to the starting
line and squared the tires at the hit; he coasted to the finish
line with a 13.879-second pass at 85.62 mph. He returned in
Friday’s afternoon session with his Adam Hornberger-tuned
car and they put the power to the track. Johnson launched
with ease but the Dodge Dart made a hard left straight for
the wall and Johnson was forced to push the clutch back in;
he clocked in with a 9.838, 93.04.
Despite the challenging Friday at Gainesville Raceway, the
Marathon Petroleum team never let it phase them. Johnson jumped
up the ladder instantly when he posted a 6.549, 211.56 on
the scoreboard in Saturday's first session.
“That run felt really good,” Johnson
said. “I think we were fifth of the session
and that was what we were shooting for – the middle
of the pack. It was the first pass all season that was worth
anything really so we were real happy with it.”
Johnson closed out qualifying with a troubled 18.562, 60.69
because of a broken shock potentially impacted during the
burnout in the final session.
“We were shooting to go up there and do
a little better than earlier today and it looks like it broke
the shock in the burnout,” he admitted.
“We’ll go back to the setup we had
in the third session and give them something in the first
No. 11 Allen Johnson will race No. 6 Shane Gray in the first
round tomorrow. They have raced already once this year in
Pomona and Johnson is ready to settle the score.
“We owe him one for Pomona,”
he added. “We’re running better than
we were in February so hopefully our Marathon Petroleum Dart
makes a solid run and I do my job as a driver.”
Johnson Heads to East Coast to Second Home Track for
Tenn. (March 14, 2017) – This week marks
the third of 24 events on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing
tour as Allen Johnson and the Marathon Petroleum Co./J&J
Racing team head to Gainesville Raceway for the 48th annual
Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. Dubbed his “second
home track” after buying a home in the sunshine state
a few years ago, Johnson is hoping home court advantage will
come into play this weekend.
“We always look forward to coming to the
east coast,” Johnson said. “We
have our second home here and Gainesville Raceway is at sea-level;
it’s like a new beginning.”
The stakes are high this weekend for the 2013 and 2014 Gatornationals
Pro Stock winner because he will be competing for the event
title while making sure he qualifies well enough to maintain
his spot in the K&N Horsepower Challenge that will take
place at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in two weeks.
Currently, Johnson is in the No. 7 spot and if he accumulates
enough points over No. 8 Chris McGaha, he will be added to
the K&N Horsepower Challenge roster and the eighth spot
will be decided by a fan vote.
“We’re going to need to qualify ahead
of McGaha,” he added. “We’re
shooting to get back into the middle of the pack this race
and give ourselves a better starting position for raceday.”
Qualifying at the 48th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals
begins on Friday, March 17th with two sessions at 12:45 and
4:15 p.m. (ET) Two more qualifying sessions will be on Saturday,
March 18th at 12:00 and 2:30 p.m. (ET) Eliminations will be
on Sunday, March 19th at 11:00 a.m. (ET) starting with Top
“We’ve spent the last two weeks at
home working on engine stuff in our shop and going back to
‘home base’ with our Marathon Petroleum Co./J&J
Racing Dodge Dart,” he said. “We’re
trying some new stuff and we’re looking to do better
ALLEN JOHNSON’S HISTORY AT THE AMALIE MOTOR
OIL NHRA GATORNATIONALS
Allen has won the Gatornationals twice – 2013 and 2014.
• AJ has been in the finals three times (including those
two wins listed above) at this event.
• No. 1 qualifier in 2012.
• Last year’s performance: qualified No. 7; lost
in the semifinal final to Greg Anderson.
Johnson No. 12 at NHRA Arizona Nationals.
Ariz. (February 25, 2017) –
Marathon Petroleum Co./J&J Racing Dodge Dart driver Allen
Johnson qualified No. 12 at the 33rd annual NHRA Arizona Nationals.
The 2012 Pro Stock world champion came to Wild Horse Motorsports
Park as a man on a mission with his eyes set on one goal:
outperforming his competition on raceday.
On Friday, Johnson began qualifying with a solid 6.592-second
pass at 209.62 mph. The popular Pro Stock competitor bettered
his standings when he crossed the finish line with an improved
6.583, 209.36 in the second session.
In Saturday’s first session, Johnson was on a smooth,
clean run until he began to experience engine troubles. Being
able to sense the engine giving, Johnson clicked off the engine
and coasted to the finish line with a 7.293, 135.76. Johnson
closed out qualifying with a 6.601, 208.97.
“When we hurt the engine in the third session,
we had to put in a new one right before the final run,”
Johnson admitted. “We missed the tune-up
a little bit when we went up there but luckily, we’ve
still got a little left in it. We’ll keep digging in
our Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart.”
Johnson’s qualifying efforts landed him in the No. 12
spot and it’ll be a battle of the former Pro Stock world
champions when he takes on Jeg Coughlin Jr. in the first round
“Jeg is always tough competition,”
he said. “We’ll have to make our best
run and I’ll make sure to be on my game to give our
Marathon Petroleum team a shot at the win tomorrow.”
Johnson Revved Up to Revive Momentum in Phoenix.
Tenn. (February 20, 2017) –
Marathon Petroleum Corporation Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson
returns to Wild Horse Motorsports Park this weekend for the
33rd annual NHRA Arizona Nationals. Johnson is well-acquainted
with the winner circle in Phoenix and returning to the winner
circle after an early exit at the season opener would be the
exact catalyst for the momentum they’re seeking.
“A win in Phoenix can really boost our momentum and
give us a solid foundation to work off of and that’s
what we hope to do this weekend,” Johnson
said. “We’re doing the best we can
to try to get more torque out of our Marathon Petroleum Dodge
Dart and we know what direction to go after Pomona.”
The Greeneville, Tennessee-based racer has been to three final
rounds at the Arizona Nationals and has taken home top honors
in 2005 over Ron Krisher and 2014 over V. Gaines.
“Getting a win early in the season is crucial,”
he added. “We struggled in Pomona because
we spent the whole winter on the dyno trying squeeze everything
we could out of our Hemi. Not testing kicked us in the butt
but we learned what not to do in Pomona; I expect a much better
weekend in Phoenix for our team.”
Johnson Looking to Phoenix for Rebound Performance.
Calif. (February 12, 2017) – Marathon
Petroleum’s Allen Johnson will be putting the 57th annual
Circle K NHRA Winternationals in the rear-view mirror after
a first round loss in eliminations. Although the early exit
comes as a frustration, Johnson admits that there are things
to be learned from this weekend at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
Johnson began eliminations from the No. 13 seed and had a
first round matchup against Shane Gray. Johnson staged his
Marathon Petroleum/J&J racing Dodge Dart and matted the
throttle. At the launch, Johnson’s red, white, and blue
Pro Stocker made a hard left turn towards the centerline.
Johnson dipped into his two decades worth of experience to
try to recover and defeat Gray but when he car got out of
shape a second time, Johnson knew it was time to push in the
clutch. Johnson clocked in with an 8.845-second pass at 101.72
“It can only go up from here,”
Johnson smirked. “We just went up there
today really aggressive with our tune-up hoping something
might happen and it just took a hard left. We’ve learned
a lot this weekend on what doesn’t work and we’re
looking to rebound in Phoenix.”
Johnson Drives Marathon Petroleum Corporation Dart to
No. 13 at Winternationals.
Calif. (February 11, 2017) –
Allen Johnson drove his Marathon Petroleum Corporation/J&J
Racing Dodge Dart to the No. 13 spot after qualifying action
at the 57th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals.
In Friday’s first session, Johnson began the season
with a solid 6.636-second pass at 207.94 mph. As rain clouds
lingered overhead, the Greeneville, Tennessee-native returned
for the Friday afternoon session and outran Mother Nature
when he crossed the finish line with a 6.663, 207.66.
On Saturday, the Adam Hornberger-led team took advantage of
the sunshine to improve their standings on the ladder. In
the first session of the day, Johnson clocked in with a 6.621,
208.33 at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. He closed out qualifying
with a consistent 6.622, 208.52.
“We spent the winter on the dyno and elected
not to go testing before Phoenix earlier this week,”
Johnson admitted. “If we did
a little of testing, we would’ve been able to see what
was working and what wasn’t but I’m confident
we can get it all worked out in the near future.”
Johnson finished qualifying in the No. 13 spot and will have
a first round matchup against No. 4 Shane Gray.
“Outdriving these guys tomorrow is going
to be real important,” Johnson added.
“I need to be dead on the tree and hope
the person in the other lane isn’t. I usually focus
on racing my own lane on raceday but we may have to do something
tomorrow that’s unexpected to throw a monkey wrench
into their game but I still gotta run my own race; I gotta
Petroleum’s Allen Johnson Sets Goals for Pomona,
Assured for 2017 Season.
Tenn. (February 7, 2017) –
Marathon Petroleum Corporation/J&J Racing Dodge Dart
driver Allen Johnson heads to Pomona, California this weekend
for the season opening 57th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals.
The 2012 Pro Stock World Champion racer is eager to qualifying
at Auto Club Raceway at Pomoma after testing at Wild Horse
excited to be testing and starting the new year out,”
Johnson said. “Yesterday’s
testing didn’t go as well as planned in our Marathon
Petroleum Dodge Dart but we’ve got a couple more days
of testing before this weekend to get a good setup.”
The feeling surrounding Johnson and the Adam Hornberger-led
team is in stark contrast to how they felt pulling into
the gates at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona one year ago.
much more relaxed than this time last year,” Johnson
remarked. “I think we’ll start out
this year a lot better than we did last year. It’s
going to be a knock-out, drag-out with everyone on raceday
because everyone’s got a good handle on the fuel-injection
2016 produced three final round appearances for Johnson,
including his enormous Mopar Mile-High Nationals win in
Denver, Colorado. After a respectable eighth place finish
in the point standings, Johnson has realistic expectations
“If we can qualify in the top half this
weekend and go a few rounds on raceday, I’d be very
happy with that for the first race of the year,”