Team Liberty Race Recap: Sonoma Nationals

SONOMA, Calif. (July 30, 2017) – Dedicated Mello Yello Drag Racing fans were able to watch the Team Liberty Racing duo of Cory Reed and Angelle Sampey take on the competition at the 30th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals today at Sonoma Raceway. Cory Reed came into raceday in the No. 15 spot and had a first round matchup against Hector Arana Jr. Angelle Sampey qualified No. 13 and that gave her a first round drawing of Jerry Savoie. In Sampey’s first round, the three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle World Champion blistered off the starting line with a .026-seconds advantage over Savoie. Sampey powered down Sonoma Raceway and clocked in with a 6.839-second pass at 194.46 mph – the fastest elapsed

Team Liberty Racing Qualifying Report: Sonoma Nationals

SONOMA, Calif. (July 29, 2017) – The qualifying streak lives on. Both PSE/Team Liberty Racing riders Cory Reed and Angelle Sampey qualified this weekend at the 30th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals and will compete for the ultimate victory at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday. Cory Reed Closes Out Sonoma Nationals Qualifying with Best Pass of Weekend 2016 Rookie of the Year Reed began his qualifying efforts on his PSE/Team Liberty Racing Victory Magnum with a 6.994-seconds pass at 186.36 mph. A few hours later, Reed crossed the finish line with an improved 6.926, 190.54. On Saturday, Reed’s Victory Magnum had massive tire spin at the launch and he slowed to a 7.009, 191.13. In the final qualifying

Allen Johnson Plans to Put Top Half Qualifying Spot to Good Use on Raceday at Sonoma Nationals

SONOMA, Calif. (July 29, 2017) – At most racetracks on the circuit, having lane choice during eliminations is of utmost importance for raceday success and Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing’s Allen Johnson will start his raceday from the top half at the 30th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals. On Friday, Johnson began qualifying at Sonoma Raceway with a solid 6.593-second pass at 210.05 mph. As the temperatures dropped for the evening session, Johnson and crew chief Adam Hornberger capitalized on cooler conditions and bettered their performance with a 6.581, 210.64. Saturday, the first session of the day proved to be difficult for teams to get any power to hold on the racetrack but Johnson proved

Team Liberty Racing Heads to Sonoma, Sampey On Quest for First Mickey Thompson Tire Pro Bike Battle

CORDELE, Ga. (July 25, 2017) – In the second race of the Western Swing, Team Liberty Racing will find themselves in wine country as they have the opportunity to take home two victories during the event: one for the Mickey Thompson Tire Pro Bike Battle on Saturday and the 30th annual Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals on Sunday. Last year, Cory Reed suffered a DNQ at the Sonoma Nationals and he is hoping to find himself in a much better position in 2017. Reed has said many times this year that his goal is to get both of the PSE/Team Liberty Racing Victory Magnums qualified in the uber-competitive Pro Stock Motorcycle class and he has been good on that promise all season so far. “I’m looking f

Allen Johnson’s Tenacious Spirit is Main Motivator to Succeed in Sonoma

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (July 25, 2017) – Perseverance. This word can be used to describe the 2012 Pro Stock World Champion team that goes to battle week in and week out with Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing’s Allen Johnson at the helm. This week is no different as they make their way to Sonoma, California for the 30th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals held at Sonoma Raceway. With an early exit at the Mopar Mile High Nationals last week in Denver, Johnson is looking forward to translating their performance gains into round wins on raceday. “We need some luck,” Johnson laughed. “I feel really good about our performance right now and we have gained a lot but we keep running into a dang brick wall wit

Team Liberty Race Recap: Mile High Nationals

DENVER, Co. (July 24, 2017) – Team Liberty Racing’s Cory Reed and Angelle Sampey took on the cream of the crop at the 38th annual Mopar Mile High Nationals during eliminations this weekend at Bandimere Speedway. In the first round, Reed began raceday from the No. 10 spot and had a first round matchup against Jerry Savoie. Reed clocked in with a consistent to qualifying 7.307-second pass at 181.35 mph but Savoie’s 7.239, 183.69 was enough to barely edge out Reed and advance to the second round. “I’m a little disappointed,” Reed said. “It sucks to keep losing and it’s wearing on everyone. I’m glad it’s wearing on everyone though because it’d be weird if everyone was okay with it. We’re s

Allen Johnson Leaves the Mountain with Head Held High After Close First Round Race

DENVER, Co. (July 23rd, 2017) – Fans came from far and wide to see the spectacle that is racing on the mountain at Bandimere Speedway and Marathon Petroleum’s Allen Johnson was just happy to be a small part of it all. Johnson came into raceday in the No. 6 spot, his second highest qualifying position of the 2017 season. In his 494th raceday start in his illustrious 20-year career, Johnson had a first round matchup and lane choice over current points leader Bo Butner. At the launch, Johnson was .035-seconds on the tree and drove the red, white, and blue Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart straight down the boulevard and clocked in with a 6.995-second pass at 196.87 mph. Butner cloc

Allen Johnson Ready to Defend King of the Mountain Legacy on Raceday at Mopar Mile High Nationals

DENVER, Co. (July 22, 2017) – Defending Mopar Mile High Nationals Pro Stock winner and reigning King of the Mountain Allen Johnson knows he has a target on his back going into raceday at Bandimere Speedway in his Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart but he wouldn’t have it any other way. On Friday, Johnson came into the weekend with a solid 6.959-second pass at 197.48 mph. After persistent rain showers, NHRA made the executive decision to eliminate the second session of the night due to the unfriendly racing weather conditions. “I don’t think them taking out one session really hurt us at all,” Johnson admitted. “I thought it might actually work in our favor because we have data fro

Team Liberty Racing Qualifying Report: Mile High Nationals

DENVER, Co. (July 22, 2017) – Raceday on the mountain is on the horizon for Team Liberty Racing. Both Cory Reed and Angelle Sampey qualified their PSE/ Team Liberty Racing Victory Magnums Pro Stock Motorcycles and will take on the competition tomorrow at the 38th annual Mile High Nationals. Mother Nature reared her ugly head on Friday as persistent sprinkles halted Pro Stock Motorcycle from making their first qualifying attempt on multiple occasions. Once the weather subsided, team owner Cory Reed clocked in with a stout 7.275-second pass at 181.37 mph. Three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle World Champion Sampey followed the pair behind Reed and as she launched, her Victory Magnum went strai

Team Liberty Race Preview: Mile High Nationals

Team Liberty Racing: History at the Mountain Angelle Sampey has won the Mile High Nationals twice (2000 over Matt Hines, 2001 over Antron Brown) Sampey has been in the finals at Bandimere five times (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2007) Bandimere Speedway is team owner Cory Reed's home racetrack Team Liberty Race Preview: Mile High Nationals CORDELE, Ga. (July 19, 2017) - The Western Swing is on the horizon and Team Liberty Racing has been spending the last several weeks working on expanding their arsenal to accommodate for the high demands during the west coast three-in-a-row. This weekend, the duo of Cory Reed and Angelle Sampey will take on Bandimere Speedway as they compete at the 38th annu

Reigning King of the Mountain Allen Johnson Ready to Defend Title and Legacy at Mopar Mile High Nati

Allen Johnson: History at Bandimere Speedway AJ is tied with Bob Glidden for most wins at Bandimere Speedway at the Mile High Nationals (7 wins) The Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart qualified No. 10 in 2016 and overcame all odds to outperform the entire Pro Stock class and ink his 10th final round at the event in a row and the 11th of his career AJ's Bandimere Final Round History: 2002 Runner-Up to Mike Edwards 2007 Win over Ron Krisher 2008 Runner-Up to Greg Anderson 2009 Win over Jason Line 2010 Win over Jeg Coughlin Jr. 2011 Runner-Up to Mike Edwards 2012 Win over V. Gaines 2013 Win over V. Gaines 2014 Win over Jeg Coughlin Jr. 2015 Runner-Up to Larry Morgan 2016 Win over Vincent

Competition Eliminator Race Recap: David Rampy’s Journey to the Route 66 Nationals Win

JOLIET, Ill. (July 11, 2017) – David Rampy took top honors when he won five rounds of competition in Competition Eliminator at the 20th annual Children of Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals presented by K&N inking his 95th national event career win. In the first round, Bruno Massel came in as the No. 1 seed in his DD/AT 2010 Cobalt and used his top qualifying position to defeat Wabash, In.-based Robert Bailey in the first round. David Rampy took his 1932 Bantum to the win over Ray Skillman in the first round who went .147-seconds red at the launch. Other winners in the first round were Travis Gusso, Jenny Treadwell, Brian Stufflebeam, Brian Hyerstay, Troy Galbraith, Doug Doll Jr., Br

Rob Tucker Racing/Auzmet Architectural Race Recap: NHRA Route 66 Nationals

JOLIET, Ill. (July 9, 2017) – Shane Tucker competed this weekend at the 20th annual Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals presented by K&N but fell short in the first round of eliminations at Route 66 Raceway. Tucker came into raceday in the No. 14 spot and had a first round matchup against No. 3 Drew Skillman. In the first round, Tucker had a .015-second reaction time and outperformed each of the other 15 competitors on the starting line in the first round by having the best light of the opening round. Tucker clocked in with a 6.762-second pass at 204.54 mph but was narrowly edged out by Skillman’s 6.624, 209.23. “We might’ve gone a little in the wrong direction with the tune-up in

Australia’s Shane Tucker Seeks Redemption for Epping and Powers to No. 14 Seed

Joliet, Ill. (July 8, 2017) – Auzmet Architectural Chevrolet Camaro driver Shane Tucker drove his way to the No. 14 spot and will race for the Wally at the 20th annual Children of Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals presented by K&N tomorrow. Friday, Tucker could be seen as a little apprehensive. After hurting two engines in Epping one month ago, Tucker’s team has been burning the midnight oil to repair them and return to competition. Tucker began his Route 66 Nationals with an honest 6.827-second pass at 203.34 mph. Having a little baseline to work off of, Tucker returned in the evening session and improved with a 6.752, 205.51. On Saturday, Tucker continued to make gains when he

Allen Johnson Takes Marathon Petroleum Dart to No. 10 at Route 66 Nationals

JOLIET, Ill. (July 8. 2017) – Allen Johnson will take on the competition at the 20th annual Children of Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals presented by K&N from the No. 10 spot. On Friday, Johnson powered his Marathon Petroleum Co./J&J Racing Dodge Dart to a solid 6.668-second pass at 206.51 mph. In the night session later that evening, Johnson made a big improvement by over four-thousandths of a second when he drove the Marathon Petroleum Dart across the Route 66 Raceway finish line with a 6.620, 208.36. Saturday, he once again improved his qualifying efforts with a 6.612, 208.75. For the final session, the Adam Hornberger-led team showed their consistency with a 6.610, 209.82.

Team Liberty Racing Qualifying Report: Route 66 Nationals

JOLIET, Ill. (July 8, 2017) – Staying true to their goal of qualifying both PSE/Team Liberty Racing Victory Magnums are every event this season, Team Liberty’s Cory Reed and Angelle Sampey will compete for top honors on raceday at the 20th annual Children of Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals presented by K&N. On Friday, team owner and rider Cory Reed started the team off on a strong note when he went a 6.964-second pass at 189.95 mph right off the trailer. Sampey followed right after Reed and had to maneuver quite a bit while going down Route 66 Raceway and clocked in with a 7.011, 188.89. In the evening session, Sampey clocked in with an improved 6.999, 189.76 and Reed ran only one

Tony Pontillo Finds His Home in Competition Eliminator

JOLIET, Ill. (July 7, 2017) – First-generation Division 3 Competition Eliminator racer Tony Pontillo didn’t have generations before him to expose him to drag racing but the drag racing bug found him nonetheless. “When I was 20, I bought a brand new 1986 Camaro,” Pontillo reminisced. “I started bracket racing with it and then I put a roll cage in it and it progressed from there. I would bracket race locally at Great Lakes Dragway.” After racing locally for a few years, the opportunity of a lifetime came across Pontillo’s path. “There was a guy in town that was named Randy and he was sponsored by Lucas Oil and Forrest Lucas,” he said. “He couldn’t drive his dragster for a year so they

Shane Tucker Looking to Bounce Back from Disappointing Epping at Route 66 Nationals

STATESVILLE, N.C. (July 5, 2017) – After breaking two of his engines in Epping at the beginning of June, it has been a waiting game for Australia’s Shane Tucker – waiting on parts to rebuild his engines and return to the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series guns blazing. Equipped with two rebuilt motors, Tucker is ready for a full assault on the competition this weekend at the 20th annual Children of Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals presented by K&N. “Unfortunately, when we hurt those two engines in Epping, the parts we needed to rebuild them take about three weeks to be ready,” Tucker said. “We planned on running the four in a row and when we hurt our motors, our Auzmet Architect

Team Liberty Racing’s Cory Reed and Angelle Sampey Focusing on One Round at a Time Heading into Chic

CORDELE, Ga. (July 5, 2017) – On the horizon of the second half of the season, it would be easy to look too far ahead of oneself and let it hinder a race weekend’s performance but not Team Liberty Racing’s Cory Reed and Angelle Sampey. In their sixth of 16 events on the Pro Stock Motorcycle schedule, Reed and Sampey make their way to Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois for the 20th annual Children of Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals presented by K&N and the focus is one round at a time for the duo. “I’m looking forward to going to Route 66 Raceway this weekend because we tried some new stuff in Norwalk and it looks like it might pay off in the long run,” 2016’s Rookie of the Year

Allen Johnson Getting His Stride for the Second Half of the Season, Optimistic for Chicago

Allen Johnson – A Brief History at Route 66 Raceway Won in 2015 over Larry Morgan No. 1 qualifier in 2012 and 2014 Last year’s performance in Chicago: qualified No. 5; lost in the second round to Greg Anderson Allen Johnson Getting His Stride for the Second Half of the Season, Optimistic for Chicago GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (July 4, 2017) – Allen Johnson and the Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing team have hit the half-way mark of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season. In the first race of the second half of the season, Johnson finds himself in the top ten in points for the first time in 2017 as they head to the 20th annual Children of Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals presented by K&N at Route

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