PSE/Star Racing Toyota Nationals Race Recap

LAS VEGAS (October 30th) – On raceday at the 16th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals, the PSE/Star Racing team had a shorter than expected weekend at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Angelle Sampey fell in the first round to teammate Cory Reed and Reed wasn’t able to advance out of the second round. In the first round, Reed and Sampey raced each other. At the launch, Reed had an .048-thousandths advantage over Sampey and he was able to drive that advantage all the way to the finish line. Sampey clocked in with a quick 6.978-second pass at 191.59 while Reed clocked in with a slower but winning 6.993, 190.32. In the second round, Reed’s bike experienced mechanical issues and caused him t

Rookie Seattle Winner Aaron Strong Makes Pro Stock Field in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (October 29th, 2016) – Rookie of the Year candidate Aaron Strong made the uber-competitive Pro Stock field at the 16th annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals this weekend at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Strong will start raceday in the No. 16 spot. On Friday, Strong clocked in with a 6.774-second pass at 203.58 mph. He returned in his emerald green Chevrolet Camaro and ran an improved 6.756, 203.65 in the second session. In Saturday first session, Strong improved his qualifying time once again with a 6.752, 203.03. Strong closed out qualifying with a solid 6.771, 203.61 and ended up in the No. 16 spot. “That’s the first time I’ve worried about qualifying since racing Pr

Shane Tucker Prepared to Play Spoiler Again on Raceday

LAS VEGAS (October 29th, 2016) – Auzmet Architectural Pro Stock driver Shane Tucker would like nothing more than to play a role in how the championship plays out by taking out some of the top contenders in the class during eliminations tomorrow. In his last race of the 2016 season, Tucker qualified No. 15 and going rounds at the 16th annual NHRA Nationals would end his season on a high note. In Friday’s first session, Tucker began qualifying with a 6.776-second pass at 204.11 mph. Returning in Friday’s evening session, the Auzmet Architectural Chevrolet Camaro team came back and improved by five-thousandths with a 6.771, 203.52. On Saturday, Tucker clocked in with a 10.268, 88.11 that

Allen Johnson in Unfamiliar Bottom Half, Looking for Long Raceday in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (October 29th, 2016) – Allen Johnson is starting his raceday efforts at the 16th annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals in the No. 11 spot, a qualifying position that the Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing team hasn’t seen in many races. Despite a bottom-half qualifying spot, the Marathon Petroleum team knows they have the equipment to get it done on raceday. On Friday, Johnson opened up qualifying with a 6.740-second pass at 204.39 mph. Johnson made a small improvement in the second session when he crossed the finish line with a 6.730, 204.51. In Saturday’s first session, the Marathon Petroleum Dodge Dart showed the consistency it has had all year when he ran an identical elapsed time t

LE Tonglet to join White Alligator Racing in 2017

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 28) – LE Tonglet, the 2010 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock Motorcycle champion, will race as a teammate to White Alligator Racing’s Jerry Savoie as part of a two-bike effort in 2017. Tonglet’s bike will carry the familiar colors of Kenny Koretsky’s Nitro Fish brand and both Suzuki entries will be powered by engines from Vance & Hines. “I could not be more excited to be racing with Jerry and [crew chief] Tim Kulungian next year,” said Tonglet, who spends his weekdays as professional firefighter in his hometown of Metairie, La. “They have built an incredible, competitive program and I can’t wait to be a part of it. Ever since I started racing, it has been mostl

Shane Tucker Trying His Hand in Las Vegas for First Time

GOLD COAST, Queensland, Australia (October 25, 2016) – Auzmet Architectural Pro Stock driver Shane Tucker will be heading to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to compete in his fifth race of the season. Tucker has yet to race in Sin City and is looking forward to rolling the dice at the 16th annual Las Vegas NHRA Nationals. “I’ve never raced in Vegas but people have told me the track is ridiculously good,” Tucker said. “I’ve heard that you can throw anything at it and it’ll stick so I’m excited to see what our car can do in those conditions. Our car seems to do well on tight racetracks.” In four short races, the Australia-native has been able to improve quicker than most with the

Aaron Strong to Race In Las Vegas, Contending for Rookie of the Year Award

AUBURN, Wash. (October 25, 2016) – It has been a year to remember for rookie Pro Stock racer Aaron Strong. Not only is he in the running for the Auto Club Road to the Future award at the end of the season but his team pulled off an enormous triumph when he took home the Wally at the rain-delayed Seattle national event that was later completed in Indy. Strong’s original plan was to attend a handful of races in 2016 but when he reached his fifth race in Sonoma that officially qualified him for the Rookie of the Year award, he knew adding more races to the schedule would help his chances for the title. With his familiarity of The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the two-time Division 6 Com

Marathon Petroleum Team Turns Corner in Countdown, Heads to Las Vegas

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (October 24, 2016) – Coming off an announcement last week that Marathon Petroleum is renewing their sponsorship with J&J Racing in 2017, Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson heads to Las Vegas with the “bad luck monkey” off their back to compete at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. “We’re tickled to death that they [Marathon Petroleum] thought enough of our program to renew it,” Johnson said. “I’m a partner with them in business so this whole deal holds a lot of value.” The Strip has been a very rewarding racetrack for established racer Johnson and he’s hoping Sin City will be the place he can turn his luck around and run the table. Johnson has won the fall event in L

NHRA Champion Allen Johnson, Marathon Petroleum Announce Extended Sponsorship Agreement

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 19, 2016) – National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) racer Allen Johnson and Marathon Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: MPC) today announced an extended sponsorship agreement to continue their partnership into the 2017 season. “We are thankful for our continued partnership with Marathon Petroleum, both on and off the track,” said Allen Johnson, racer and CEO of Johnson & Johnson Racing. “We learned much in 2016 as we improved our performance and adjusted to a new electronic fuel injection system. We’re excited to hit the track again in 2017, determined to bring home another championship.” Johnson also owns Greenville Oil and Petroleum, which consists of 37 Quick Stop Mark

Shane Tucker Goes Perfect During Eliminations at AAA FallNationals

DALLAS, Tex. (October 16, 2016) – In the world of Pro Stock competition, driving is just as important as the calls the crew chiefs make back in the pits. Auzmet Architectural Pro Stock driver Shane Tucker showed his driving skills on raceday as he advanced to the second round of eliminations at the 31st annual AAA FallNationals at his home track of Texas Motorplex. In the first round, Tucker staged up against Vincent Nobile and coming from the bottom half of the field, Tucker knew he had to put a good tune-up in it and also do his job behind the wheel. Tucker had an impressive perfect reaction time against Nobile and with that advantage, he was able to take the holeshot win. As the scoreb

Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Race Report: AAA FallNationals

DALLAS, Tex. (October 16, 2016) – Allen Johnson drove his Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart to the second round of eliminations at the 31st annual AAA FallNationals this weekend at Texas Motorplex. Starting from the No. 7 spot, Johnson had the opportunity to choose his lane against first round opponent Kenny Delco. Johnson took the Marathon Petroleum Dart to the finish line with a 6.648-second pass at 207.66 mph and turned on the win light over Delco’s 6.683, 207.08. Second round, Johnson and Greg Anderson matched up head-to-head. As Johnson launched, his car hooked to the left. He tried to recover but when he got close to hitting the wall, he had no other choice other than abor

PSE/Star Racing Race Report: AAA FallNationals

DALLAS, Tex. (October 16, 2016) – PSE/Star Racing duo Cory Reed and Angelle Sampey qualified in the top half of the field and entered into raceday with lane choice. Sampey made her way to the semifinals and Reed unfortunately fell short in the first round of eliminations at the 31st annual AAA FallNationals. In the first round, Sampey had lane choice over Shawn Gann. Sampey rocketed the black PSE/Star Racing Buell to a 6.897-second pass at 193.93 and took the win over Gann’s 6.944, 193.10. In Reed’s pairing against Matt Smith, both drivers were looking for the round win in hopes to jump up in the points. Reed was .013-thousandths on the tree and uncharacteristically left second at the hit

Marathon Petroleum’s Allen Johnson No. 7 at AAA FallNationals

DALLAS, Tex. (October 15, 2016) – Allen Johnson and the Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart team jumped to the No.7 spot after four rounds of competitive qualifying at the 31st annual AAA FallNationals. On Friday, Johnson opened up qualifying with a stout 6.610-second pass at 209.49 mph. The red, white and blue Marathon Petroleum Dart showed that consistency is the name of the game with a 6.613, 208.88 in Friday’s second session. Johnson and the Adam Hornberger-led team clocked in with a 6.637, 208.17 in the first session on Saturday. Johnson came to the final session and crossed the finish line with a 6.637, 207.94. “We ran a new motor configuration today and made a couple goo

Shane Tucker Takes Auzmet Architectural Camaro To Highest Qualifying Position Of Season

DALLAS, Tex. (October 15, 2016) – Shane Tucker is heading into raceday at the 31st annual AAA FallNationals in the No. 11 spot. In his highest qualifying position of 2016, Tucker is confident they’re honing in on a solid raceday tune-up to be successful at their home track on Sunday. On Friday, Tucker began qualifying at Texas Motorplex with a 6.697-second pass at 207.94 mph in his newly designed white, teal, and matte black Chevrolet Camaro. He returned for the second session and made a big time improvement with a 6.641, 208.30. In Saturday’s first session, Tucker slowed to a 6.688, 208.36 in the hot track temperatures in the Texas sun. For the final qualifying session, Tucker squared

PSE/Star Racing Event Preview: AAA FallNationals

AMERICUS, GA. (October 12, 2016) – Precision Service Equipment/Star Racing Buell teammates Cory Reed and Angelle Sampey will compete at Texas Motorplex this weekend for the 31st annual AAA FallNationals. With three races left on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour, it is crucial that the team goes rounds on raceday to be as high in points as they can be to potentially win a Pro Stock Motorcycle World Championship. Coming off his first final round at the last race in Reading, Pennsylvania, Cory Reed is continuing to show why he is a strong frontrunner for the Rookie of the Year award at the end of 2016. Recognizing the momentum on his side and entering this race No. 7 in the point

Texas Native Chris McGaha Ready To Knock Dallas Win Off His Bucket List

Texas Native Chris McGaha Ready to Knock Dallas Win Off His BucketList ODESSA, Tex. (October 12, 2016) – After winning the most prestigious race of the year at the U.S. Nationals, most racers would be satisfied but not Harlow Sammons Chevrolet Camaro driver Chris McGaha. Winning Indy was huge for McGaha and using that momentum, he’s looking to ink a win at his home racetrack this weekend at the 31st annual AAA FallNationals. “Dallas is just one of those races we’ve always wanted to win,” McGaha said. “To win Dallas would be big and it’s high on my bucket list. Texas Motorplex is our home race even though its 350 miles away from my house.” McGaha got his first round win in Pro Stock com

Shane Tucker Heads To U.S. Home Track For AAA FallNationals

Shane Tucker Heads to U.S. Home Track for AAA FallNationals GOLD COAST, Queensland (October 11, 2016) – Pro Stock driver Shane Tucker will be driving close to his United States’ home as the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series arrives at Texas Motorplex this weekend for the 31st annual AAA FallNationals. The Australian racer takes up residence in Dallas, Texas when he is in the states and is looking to have home court advantage after a promising test session last week in Oklahoma. “Dallas is probably one of the biggest races on tour for us,” Tucker said. “My company Auzmet Architectural is stationed in Dallas and we’d like to run really well there. We want to run well for our sponsors but

Marathon Petroleum’s Allen Johnson Hoping Dyno Work Since Reading Pays Dividends Going Into Dallas

Marathon Petroleum’s Allen Johnson Hoping Dyno Work Since Reading Pays Dividends Going into Dallas GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (October 11, 2016) – Marathon Petroleum Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson will head to Texas Motorplex this weekend for the 31st annual AAA FallNationals for the 22nd of 24 events in the 2016 season. After a troubled three-in-a-row, Johnson has been doing a lot of dyno work to regain his winning ways and end the season on a high note. “We had a lot of bad luck in the first three races of the Countdown,” Johnson said. “All three races we had problems and hopefully we’ve gotten rid of the bad luck and we can finish up the last three on a really strong note.” Johnson won this

Rookie of the Year Contender Cory Reed Powers to First Final of Career from Bottom Half

READING, Pa. (October 2nd, 2016) – Precision Service Equipment/Star Racing Buell rider Cory Reed raced to his first final ever this afternoon at the 32nd annual Dodge Nationals. Reed defeated Melissa Surber, Hector Arana, and Andrew Hines on his way to the finals at Maple Grove Raceway. Reed came into the first round in the No. 13 spot and lined up against fellow Rookie of the Year candidate Melissa Surber. Reed clocked in with a 6.866-second pass at 192.60 mph and advanced to the second round over Surber’s 6.950, 189.66. In the second round, Reed had a matchup against Hector Arana who came into this weekend’s race above Reed in the points. At the hit, Reed had over .06-seconds over Ar

PSE/Star Racing Qualifying Report: Reading

READING, Pa. (October 1, 2016) – Similar to last year, raceday will proceed tomorrow with only one round of qualifying to set the ladder. PSE/Star Racing teammates Cory Reed and Angelle Sampey are starting raceday in unfamiliar territory as they both are in the bottom half after engine problems plagued their runs on their one and only qualifying session. Friday’s two sessions were wiped out by rain so Sampey and Reed came back on Saturday morning hoping the weather would hold off to get in at least one session. On Saturday’s first qualifying run, Reed launched and his Buell went straight down the boulevard until his bike wouldn’t shift into fifth gear; Reed clocked in with a 7.280-second

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