Two-time K&N Horsepower Challenge Winner Allen Johnson Set to Triumph as Lone Mopar in Las Vegas

GREENEVILLE, 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. “Being the only Mopar in the K&N Horsepower Challenge and the o

Team Liberty Racing Leaves Gainesville Raceway in High Spirits After Early Exit at Amalie Motor Oil

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 19, 2017) – By the way Team Liberty Racing’s Cory Reed and Angelle Sampey are departing from Gainesville Raceway today, you’d think they won the 48th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. With an all-around team effort displayed in the last few months getting a brand-new team up and running, getting both bikes qualified and in the show was more than they were planning on their first race out. Cory Reed came into raceday in the No. 11 spot and knew he had to take a shot at the starting line against his competition, LE Tonglet. Reed did exactly what he set out to do when he had a .011-second reaction time over Tonglet’s .083-second reaction. With over .070-se

Challenging Qualifying Brings Bright Spot for Allen Johnson in Marathon Petroleum Co. Dodge Dart

GAINESVILLE, 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

Cory Reed Proves Victory Magnum’s Consistency All Weekend, Sampey Makes the Field with One Shot Left

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 18, 2017) – After three short months of preparing for the first race of the season as a new team and a new racing operation, Team Liberty Racing got both of their Victory Magnum Pro Stock Motorcycles in the field at the 48th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. In the first qualifying round, team owner and Team Liberty Racing rider Cory Reed clocked in with a 6.943-second pass at 188.96 mph. After a less than desirable test session earlier in the week, there was a lot of pressure on three time Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion Angelle Sampey to come out of the gate and perform. Her bike experienced a mechanical issue and was not able to start the bike an

NHRA Competition Eliminator Feature: Tony Terry

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 16, 2017) – Division 2 racer Tony Terry has become a predominant fixture in the NHRA since the 1980's and continues to compete almost four decades later in the prestigious NHRA Competition Eliminator class. “I originally started out Super Stock racing in the early 1980’s,” Terry said. “As a Super Stock racer, I always admired Comp because it was as close to being in a pro class as I probably could get because I’m not able to be gone as many weekends as the professionals are. I also admired the technology that goes into the Comp class.” Terry noted that Comp veterans like David Nickens and Mike Edwards were the catalysts to him entering the class. “I gotta say, peop

All Eyes on Team Liberty Racing as They Enter First Race of Season

CORDELE, Ga. (March 14, 2017) – Team Liberty Racing riders Cory Reed and Angelle Sampey will be making their 2017 debut this weekend at the 48th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. The popular duo has been burning the midnight oil all winter long creating their new racing operation including building a new race shop and putting together their brand new, top-of-the-line Victory Magnum Pro Stock motorcycles for competition. “This winter has been pretty wild,” rider and team owner Cory Reed said. “If we aren’t far off with our motors, we have a good chance of going out there and doing well but we really don’t know how we stack up until we get there. I’m just happy we got so much don

Allen Johnson Heads to East to Second Home Track for New Beginning

GREENEVILLE, 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 h

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