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,”