2016 Season Concludes, Allen Johnson Already Preparing for 2017

POMONA, Calif. (November 15, 2016) – The 2016 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series has come to a close for Allen Johnson and the Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing team as of last night’s annual NHRA championship award ceremony. Despite a first round loss this past weekend in Pomona, the 2016 season has seen many highlights for the Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing team. The Adam Hornberger and Roy Johnson-led team has qualified in the top half of the field at 16 events and their brightest victory came when Johnson won his seventh event title at the Mopar Mile High Nationals in ten consecutive final round in Denver, Colorado. “We had a few highlights this year,” Johnson said. “We finished the regular

Chris McGaha Wraps Up Another Fruitful Season in Pro Stock

POMONA, Calif. (November 15, 2016) – Harlow Sammons Chevrolet Camaro Pro Stock driver Chris McGaha’s 2016 season has been one to remember. Despite the drastic rule changes ranging from shorter wheelie bars to electronic fuel-injection, McGaha had countless victories this season as a driver and the crew chief of his own racing operation. While the beginning of the year was filled with a lot of unknowns on how the Pro Stock cars would perform after the rule changes, McGaha jumped to the head of the class with a final round appearance in just the second race of the season in Phoenix, Arizona. He followed that up with another final round appearance at the Four-Wide NHRA Nationals in Charlott

NHRA Names Cory Reed 2016’s Auto Club Road to the Future Award Winner

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (November 15 2016) – Cory Reed nabbed top honors at the NHRA Banquet last night when he was named the Auto Club Road to the Future Rookie of the Year for 2016. Reed was the top rookie competitor in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and was awarded a $20,000 prize along with a trophy at the annual NHRA championship award ceremony at Hollywood’s Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. “I watched a lot of you in this room when I was a kid going to the races with my mom [Top Alcohol Funny Car driver Annie Whiteley] and stepdad [Pro Mod driver Jim Whiteley],” Reed said in front of a huge ballroom of his racing peers. “Thank you to all of you that showed me how to become

PSE/Star Racing Auto Club NHRA Finals Race Report

POMONA, Calif. (November 13, 2016) – It was an overall great raceday for the PSE/Star Racing team of Cory Reed and Angelle Sampey. Sampey went all the way to the finals but unfortunately, Reed came up short in the first round. In the first round, No. 13 Reed faced up against No. 4 Andrew Hines. Reed clocked in with an uncharacteristic 7.152-second pass at 188.10 mph; Hines’ 6.880, 194.52 advanced to the next round. No. 5 Sampey had her first round matchup against Scotty Pollacheck. Sampey crossed the finish line with a 6.882, 195.42 and advanced to the next round over Pollacheck’s 32-second run. Second round, Sampey improved her time with a 6.879, 193.93 and edged out Pro Stock Moto

Allen Johnson No. 10 After Qualifying at Auto Club NHRA Nationals

POMONA, Calif. (November 12, 2016) – Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson qualified No. 10 after four rounds of qualifying at the 52nd annual Auto Club NHRA Finals. On Friday, Johnson opened up qualifying in his Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart with a 6.612-second pass at 209.83 mph. He came back in the second session on Friday afternoon and jumped up the ladder when he crossed the finish line with an improved 6.601, 209.14. In Saturday’s first session, Johnson powered his red, white, and blue Dart to a consistent 6.617, 209.01. He closed out qualifying at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona with a 6.605, 209.17. “We have a pretty decent car this w

Aaron Strong Ready for Final Race of Season at Auto Club NHRA Finals

POMONA, Calif. (November 12, 2016) – A&J Furniture Manufacturing Pro Stock driver Aaron Strong had ups and downs during qualifying at the 52nd annual Auto Club NHRA Finals but by the end of the fourth qualifying session, he was able to get his Chevrolet Camaro into the field in the No. 14 spot. Strong has been fighting unknown gremlins the last three events but he flew out early this weekend in hopes of finding out what was wrong with the car. On Friday, Strong had big tire shake and he coasted to the finish line with a 13.641-second pass at 64.67 mph. Adjusting the tune-up and putting the power to the track, Strong came back with a 6.642, 208.20 and qualified him in the provisional No. 1

Team Liberty Racing: What’s Next for Cory Reed and Angelle Sampey

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (November 8, 2016) – With the 2017 season on the horizon, teammates Cory Reed and Angelle Sampey have announced their highly-anticipated plans for next year. It was announced in September that Reed was starting his own team in 2017 and three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle World Champion Sampey would be joining him as team manager and the second rider on his team. Team Liberty Racing will run Victory-manufactured motorcycles and are currently working out details for their engine program. It was also announced today that Chris Rivas was named crew chief for the team. Precision Service Equipment (PSE) will remain primary sponsor on both motorcycles and another primary spon

Pro Stock’s Aaron Strong Heads to Sponsor’s Home Race for Season Finale Event

AUBURN, Wash. (November 8, 2016) – It’s the final race of the 2016 Mello Yello Drag Racing season and it seems that Pro Stock’s Aaron Strong is returning to Auto Club Raceway at Pomona with a calmer presence than he did in February. Competing at the 52nd annual Auto Club NHRA Finals is a prestigious honor and it also serves as Strong’s sponsor, A&J Furniture Manufacturing’s home track. “Pomona is A&J Furniture Manufacturing’s home track,” Strong said. “They’re from Lynwood, California and they’re super excited to see us race. They’re coming out for final qualifying on Saturday and I hope we can end this season on a high note for them.” As the season comes to a close, Strong reflects ba

Marathon Petroleum’s Allen Johnson Formulating Strategy to Defend Title at Auto Club NHRA Finals

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (November 7, 2016) – Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson returns to Auto Club Raceway at Pomona this weekend for the last race of the season. It’s hard to believe the Marathon Petroleum team was here nine months ago for the season opening race and Johnson is ready to defend his title as the Auto Club NHRA Finals Pro Stock winner after taking home the win at the end of the 2015 season. 23 races and one national event win this far in 2016, Johnson is returning to Pomona with a similar feeling to when he pulled into the gates in the fall of last year. “We were the underdogs in Pomona last year,” Johnson commented. “We weren’t as fast as we shoul

Shane Tucker Closes Out 2016 Season in Las Vegas, Prepares for 2017

LAS VEGAS (October 31st, 2016) – Shane Tucker staged his Auzmet Architectural Chevrolet Camaro during eliminations for the last time in 2016 this past weekend at the 16th annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals. Although he had an early exit in the first round, Tucker is full steam ahead towards the off season and preparing for 2017. Tucker qualified No. 15 and raced Drew Skillman in the first round. Tucker had a .016-thousandths light over Skillman’s .041 reaction time and the Australian-native went into that round knowing he needed that advantage over Skillman. Tucker clocked in with a 6.750-second pass at 204.70 mph but even with .025-thousandths on Skillman, it wasn’t enough to outrun Skillma

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