PSE/Star Racing Event Preview: Dodge NHRA Nationals

MERICUS, Ga. (September 28, 2016) – The PSE/Star Racing Buell team of Cory Reed and Angelle Sampey head to the 32nd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals this weekend at Maple Grove Raceway. Angelle Sampey Second Winningest Racer in Maple Grove History Three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle World Champion Sampey is in second place for most victories won at Maple Grove Raceway with six winner circle appearances. She trails 16-time Funny Car Champion John Force by only one win. “I’m trying not to care about points,” Sampey said about being two points out of first place in the Pro Stock Motorcycle standings. “I just want to win a race. That’s all I’ve ever cared about and that’s what I plan on doing in Readi

Chris McGaha Apt to Defend Title in Reading

ODESSA, Tex. (September 27, 2016) – Harlow Sammons Pro Stock driver Chris McGaha will pull into the pits of Maple Grove Raceway this weekend as the returning champ of the 32nd annual NHRA Nationals and that is a title he wants to keep. Currently sixth in points, McGaha is anticipating his luck from last year’s win will aid in him on raceday and help him gain more points in his quest for his first Pro Stock Championship. “I’ve only been to Reading once and that was last year when I won,” McGaha laughed as he reminisced about the race. “We only got one qualifying session in before raceday because of the rain so technically, I’ve only made five laps at Maple Grove Raceway.” As the points

Allen Johnson Leaves St. Louis with Sights Set on Regaining Momentum in Reading

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (September 27, 2016) – Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson has had a slower than expected start to his Countdown to the Championship efforts but with four races left, the dream is still alive for the 2012 Pro Stock World Champion to be the last man standing at the conclusion of the season. Johnson is hoping the 32nd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals is just the right place to grab the momentum the team had in the regular season. “I still think we have a great racecar even thought we’ve lost early in the last two races,” Johnson said. “We’ve just got to make better decisions every single run and that’s what we’ll do in Reading. It’s always cold in Read

PSE/Star Racing Qualifying Report: AAA Insurance Midwest Nationals

MADISON, Ill. (September 24, 2016) – Precision Service Equipment/Star Racing Buell teammates Angelle Sampey and Cory Reed both qualified in the top half at Gateway Motorsports Park this weekend; Sampey ended up No. 2 and Reed finished No. 8. In the first session on Friday, Reed clocked in with a 6.951-second pass at 194.13 mph. Sampey followed shortly after with a 6.893, 195.87. The PSE/Star Racing team reappeared for Friday’s night session with Reed making a big move up the qualifying order with a 6.915, 190.83 and Sampey clocking in with a consistent 6.903, 193.40. On Saturday, blistering track temperatures would normally threaten teams in the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle class but not

Allen Johnson No. 9 at AAA Insurance Midwest Nationals in Marathon Petroleum Dodge

MAIDSON, Ill. (September 24, 2016) – In humid air and track temperatures this weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park, Allen Johnson and the Marathon Petroleum team qualified No. 9 at the Fifth annual AAA Insurance Midwest Nationals. On Friday, Johnson started out qualifying with a solid 6.669-second pass at 206.95 putting him in the middle of the pack. Johnson returned on Friday evening and made a big move up the qualifying list when he clocked in with a 6.625, 208.46. Saturday’s track conditions turned out to be the most similar to raceday conditions on Sunday so the Adam Hornberger-led team wanted to hone in on a setup that would help them turn on four win lights on Sunday. With track t

Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Event Preview: AAA Insurance Midwest Nationals

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (September 20, 2016) – Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing’s Allen Johnson heads to the Fifth annual AAA Insurance Midwest Nationals this weekend. Johnson has been to the finals three times at Gateway Motorsports Park, most recently in 2012. “I’ve runnered-up there a few times but have never quite sealed the deal,” Johnson said about his past history at St. Louis. The Countdown to the Championship started last weekend at zMAX Dragway and ignited a three-in-a-row for the first half of the Countdown. “I think it separates the men from the boys,” Johnson said about the three-in-a-row. “We’ve got a lot of experience on this Marathon Petroleum team and I think that’ll work i

PSE/Star Racing Event Preview: AAA Insurance Midwest Nationals

AMERICUS, Ga. (September 22, 2016) – PSE/Star Racing teammates Cory Reed and Angelle Sampey head to Gateway Motorsports Park this weekend for the Fifth annual AAA Insurance Midwest Nationals. The teammates have polar opposite experiences at this track. Sampey has been to five finals at this event, most recently in 2007, and Reed has never stepped foot on the premises of Gateway Motorsports Park. Having the experience of Sampey will prove to be very helpful to the rookie rider Reed this weekend. “This is the first track I’ve gone to this season that I haven’t been to before,” Reed said. “I have been to almost every race on the NHRA circuit with my parents when they race in Pro Mod and

Pro Stock’s Shane Tucker Continuing to Make Gains in Positive Direction in Class

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (September 18, 2016) – Shane Tucker saved his best for last this weekend at the Ninth annual NHRA Carolina Nationals. Tucker made it into the raceday field when he qualified No. 15 at zMAX Dragway. Tucker staged against current Pro Stock points leader Jason Line and at the finish line, Tucker clocked in with his fastest pass of the weekend with a 6.715-seconds at 207.46 mph but was unable to hold off Line’s 6.639, 208.94. Although his raceday resulted in a first round runner-up, Tucker was still smiling back in the pits afterwards because he knows they are headed in the right direction. “I think we made some really good strides forward,” he said. “It’s funny, the set

PSE/Star Racing Race Recap: NHRA Carolina Nationals

HARLOTTE, N.C. (September 18, 2016) – Raceday at the Ninth annual NHRA Carolina Nationals wasn’t what the PSE/Star Racing team anticipated when they came to zMAX Dragway earlier this week. Angelle Sampey made her way to the semifinals in defiance of troubles with her Buell and Cory Reed fell in the first round of eliminations. Angelle Sampey Races to Sixth Semifinals of 2016 In the first round of eliminations, No. 1 qualifier Sampey had lane choice over Mark Paquette. Sampey impressed all that were in attendance when she went perfect on the tree at the launch. Sampey clocked in with a troubled 10.044-second pass at 97.19 mph when her bike broke and was given a bit of good luck when her c

Early Exit Has Allen Johnson Looking Forward to St. Louis

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (September 18, 2016) – Allen Johnson is putting the Ninth annual NHRA Carolina Nationals in his rear view mirror after a first round loss at zMAX Dragway. Johnson qualified in the No. 6 spot and had lane choice over Jeg Coughlin. In the hottest day of the weekend, Johnson drove his Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart to a 6.703-second pass at 207.98 mph. Unfortunately, his 6.70 pass wasn’t enough to hold off Coughlin’s 6.687, 206.76. “Not the start we wanted but we were consistent all weekend,” Johnson said. “We hurt one of our motors yesterday and we just missed the setup today. You don’t want a first round loss in the Countdown but we’ve got plenty of races to ma

Shane Tucker Closing in on Fuel Injection Setup, Qualifies at NHRA Carolina Nationals

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (September 17, 2016) – Shane Tucker is progressively working towards mastering the new rules that were implemented in the NHRA Pro Stock class at the beginning of 2016. In just his third race of the season, growing pains are to be expected and Tucker is breaking through each of them with pure determination. In Friday’s first session, Tucker staged his Auzmet Architectural Chevrolet Camaro at zMAX Dragway and experienced massive tire shake immediately after letting off the clutch; he coasted to a 13.867-second pass at 62.64 mph. Coming back in the second session, Tucker had the same tire shake in the other lane but with his know-how behind the wheel, Tucker shifted to the n

Cory Reed Enters First Countdown Raceday at NHRA Carolina Nationals

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (September 17, 2016) – Rookie of the Year contender Cory Reed has officially entered his first Countdown to the Championship in his Precision Service Equipment/Star Racing Buell. Reed qualified No. 12 at the Ninth annual NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway. In the first round of qualifying, Reed clocked in with a stable 6.972-second pass at 191.62 mph. Reed entered this weekend with a brand new set of slicks on his Buell so he knew it would take a few passes to get them dialed in. He returned in the second session with an improved 6.937, 192.66. “We put the new tires on this weekend and it seemed to take a little bit off our performance it’ll come around once they’r

Marathon’s Allen Johnson Looking Forward To Hot Raceday Track Conditions

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (September 17, 2016) – If there’s one word to describe Allen Johnson and his Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing team’s 2016 season, it’d be consistency. Qualifying this weekend at the Ninth annual NHRA Carolina Nationals was no different as Johnson qualified in the top half in the No. 6 spot at zMAX Dragway. For Friday’s first session, Johnson clocked in with a 6.614-second pass at 208.55 mph placing him solidly in the No. 5 position. The importance of lane choice on raceday is crucial and Johnson was searching to find a tune-up in the humid track conditions on Friday in hopes of helping him on raceday. For the second session, Johnson clocked in with an improved 6.603, 209.01 b

Angelle Sampey Collects 49th No. 1 Qualifier of Career at zMAX Dragway

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (September 17, 2016) – For the third consecutive race, Angelle Sampey powered her PSE/Star Racing Buell to the No. 1 spot during qualifying at the Ninth annual NHRA Carolina Nationals. In Friday’s first session, Sampey began qualifying with a solid 6.915-second pass at 193.13 mph. Breaking in new tires, the PSE/Star Racing team knew it would take a few runs to fully break them in and she came back in the second round of qualifying by making a big improvement with a 6.861, 195.82 - putting her in the No. 2 spot and collecting two qualifying bonus points. A No. 2 qualifying spot going into Saturday may be a more than acceptable place to be but not for Sampey and her team.

Indy Winner Chris McGaha’s Performance Peaking At Right Time Heading Into NHRA Carolina Nationals

CHRIS MCGAHA HARLOW SAMMONS CHEVROLET CAMARO RACE PREVIEW: NINTH ANNUAL NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS ZMAX DRAGWAY SEPTEMBER 16-18 Indy Winner Chris McGaha’s Performance Peaking at Right Time Heading into NHRA Carolina Nationals ODESSA, Tex. (September 14, 2016) – What a race it was. Chris McGaha has been competing in the NHRA Pro Stock category for five years and surprisingly, he had never gotten out of first round at Indy before two weeks ago. Not only did McGaha drive his way into the second round, he turned on four total win lights on the way to his huge U.S Nationals win. McGaha experienced a trying middle section of his regular season but has peaked at the right time as he heads into the

PSE/Star Racing Race Preview: NHRA Carolina Nationals

AMERICUS, Ga. (September 13, 2016) – It’s the best case scenario for the PSE/Star Racing Buell team of Angelle Sampey and Cory Reed. Both have raced their way to the Countdown to the Championship and with the points reset coming into effect this weekend at the Ninth annual NHRA Carolina Nationals, the PSE/Star Racing duo has two chances of coming away with the Pro Stock Motorcycle World Championship at the end of the season. Three-time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle World Champion Angelle Sampey and Rookie of the Year contender Cory Reed may have many years of experience riding a motorcycle separating them but they both approach the Countdown to the Championship in the same way. “I accomp

Auzmet Architectural’s Shane Tucker Set for Bounce Back at NHRA Carolina Nationals

SHANE TUCKER AUZMET ARCHITECTURAL CHEVROLET CAMARO RACE PREVIEW: NINTH ANNUAL NHRA CAROLINA NATIONALS ZMAX DRAGWAY SEPTEMBER 16-18 Auzmet Architectural’s Shane Tucker Set for Bounce Back at NHRA Carolina Nationals STATESVILLE, N.C. (September 13, 2016) – Pro Stock driver Shane Tucker is headed to the Ninth annual NHRA Carolina Nationals this weekend with a rebound in his sights. Tucker unfortunately didn’t make it into the top sixteen to race on Sunday at the U.S. Nationals but that DNQ did nothing but motivate Tucker and his Auzmet Architectural team to come to zMAX Dragway and give it their all. “Not qualifying at Indy was pretty disappointing,” Tucker said. “It’s the biggest race o

After Indy Final Round, Allen Johnson Feels Hopeful for First Race of Countdown at zMAX Dragway

After Indy Final Round, Allen Johnson Feels Hopeful for First Race of Countdown at zMAX Dragway GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (September 13, 2016) – The Countdown to the Championship is upon the drivers in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series as they head into the 19th of 24 events on tour. Marathon Petroleum’s Allen Johnson is coming off a spectacular raceday at Indy two weeks ago as a result of outdriving his competition with three holeshot wins in a row on his way to the finals. Despite not winning at the last event, doing well at Indy was exactly the momentum Johnson always talks about needing as he proceeds into the Countdown. “We’ve been testing a lot of stuff with our tune-up the last few month

PSE/Star Racing Race Report: U.S. Nationals

ANGELLE SAMPEY, CORY REED PRECISION SERVICE EQUIPMENT/STAR RACING BUELLS RACE REPORT: 62ND ANNUAL CHEVROLET PERFORMANCE US NATIONALS LUCAS OIL RACEWAY AT INDIANAPOLIS SEPTEMBER 2-5 PSE/Star Racing Race Report: U.S. Nationals INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 5, 2016) – PSE/Star Racing teammates Cory Reed and Angelle Sampey both had successes this weekend at the 62nd annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals. Sampey entered raceday in the No. 1 qualifying position and Reed raced to his first semifinals of his rookie season. First Semifinals for Cory Reed at Biggest Race of Season Cory Reed continues to prove himself on track as a rookie racer. Growing pains are to be expected and Reed

Allen Johnson’s Captivating Driving Performance Advances Marathon Dart to Final Round at U.S. Nation

ALLEN JOHNSON MARATHON PETROLEUM/J&J RACING DODGE DART RACE REPORT: 62ND ANNUAL CHEVROLET PERFORMANCE US NATIONALS LUCAS OIL RACEWAY AT INDIANAPOLIS SEPTEMBER 2-5 Allen Johnson’s Captivating Driving Performance Advances Marathon Dart to Final Round at U.S. Nationals INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 5, 2016) – Allen Johnson raced to his 59th final round of his career at the 62nd annual U.S. Nationals this weekend at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. On his way to the finals, he defeated Drew Skillman, Greg Anderson and Shane Gray. In the first round, No. 7 Johnson had lane choice over No. 10 Drew Skillman. Johnson bolted off the starting line with a .012-second reaction time and with tha

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