Team San Marino Excavating AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals Qualifying Report

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (September 30, 2017) – Rookie of the Year candidate Joey Gladstone drove his San Marino Excavating Suzuki to the No. 10 spot at the Sixth annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals after four rounds of intense qualifying at Gateway Motorsports Park. Gladstone will take on LE Tonglet in the first round of eliminations in the morning. JOEY GLADSTONE, SAN MARINO EXCAVATING SUZUKI Q1: 6.925-seconds, 192.08 mph Q2: 6.921, 190.97 Q3: 6.939, 192.44 Q4: 6.880, 194.18 Qualified: No. 10 First Round Opponent: LE Tonglet Quotable: “It feels good to take a step in the right direction,” Gladstone said about running his fastest pass of the weekend in the last qualifying session

Team Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals Qualifying Report

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (September 30, 2017) – Allen Johnson drove the Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart to the No. 10 seed at the Sixth annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park. On Friday, Johnson found a solid baseline when he powered his red, white, and blue Dodge Dart to a 6.575-seconds pass at 209.39 mph. In the evening session, Johnson drifted towards the centerline and hit a timing block at the finish line and his 6.578, 207.82 was disallowed. “I think it was just dark at the end of the track and I drove it over to the right,” Johnson explained regarding his disqualified run. “I couldn’t see where I was going and got in the marbles and ended up getti

Joey Gladstone Hopeful About Performance, Excited to Race at Gateway Motorsports Park for First Time

DEWEY BEACH, Del. (September 27, 2017) – Joey Gladstone will ride his San Marino Excavating Suzuki for the first time in his Pro Stock Motorcycle career this weekend at the Sixth annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals. Looking to rebound from an early exit at last weekend’s event in Reading, Pennsylvania, Gladstone is hopeful that his luck will turn around and he will better position himself for success this weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park. “Making five clean runs in Reading definitely was a confidence booster even though we didn’t win first round,” Gladstone said. “We ran really good off the trailer when the air was at its best at Maple Grove Raceway and that’s encouraging to me

Team Marathon Petroleum Quick Facts, Race Stats, and Notes: AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (September 26, 2017) – Coming off a semifinal appearance at last weekend’s Dodge NHRA Nationals, Johnson heads to the Sixth annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals No. 7 in the Pro Stock points and is hoping to continue his upward swing in performance at Gateway Motorsports Park this weekend. Quotable: “I remember racing Jim Yates in the finals in 1999 and I got real close to the center line and got loose and I remember thinking I should’ve won that one,” Johnson reminisced. “I’ve been to the finals three times at Gateway Motorsports Park without winning and I think it’s about time we changed that.” Allen Johnson – A Brief History at Gateway Motorsports Park Thr

In His 500th Pro Stock Race, Allen Johnson Slingshots Marathon Petroleum Dodge Dart into Semifinal R

READING, Pa. (September 24, 2017) – Allen Johnson drove his Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart to the semifinal round after defeated Kenny Delco and Drew Skillman in eliminations at the 33rd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway. Johnson came into raceday as the No. 4 seed and had lane choice over Kenny Delco in the first round of eliminations. The duo was almost identical on the tree at the launch but Johnson showcased the pure power of his Adam Hornberger-led Dodge Dart when he clocked in with a 6.641-second pass at 208.26 mph and turned on the win light over Delco’s 6.753, 204.51. Second round, Johnson remained consistent on a tricky race surface when he ran a 6.6

Allen Johnson Takes on Raceday at Dodge NHRA Nationals in 500th Pro Stock Race of Career

READING, Pa. (September 23, 2017) – Allen Johnson qualified No. 4 in the Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart at the 33rd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway. In his 500th race of his Pro Stock career, Johnson will have lane choice over Kenny Delco in the first round. On Friday, Allen Johnson and the Marathon Petroleum team were greeted with uncommon Reading, Pennsylvania sunshine. Capitalizing on similar track conditions to the Carolina Nationals last weekend at zMAX Dragway, the Adam Hornberger-led team went back into their data logs and put a tune-up in it for Maple Grove Raceway. Johnson rocketed to the No. 3 spot with a 6.589-seconds pass at 209.79 mph and collecte

Joey Gladstone Qualifies No. 9 in Front of Hometown Maple Grove Raceway

READING, Pa. (September 23, 2017) – San Marino Excavating Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Joey Gladstone qualified No. 9 at the 33rd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals. The Rookie of the Year contender will take on Matt Smith in the first round of eliminations on Sunday, September 24th at Maple Grove Raceway. JOEY GLADSTONE, SAN MARINO EXCAVATING SUZUKI Q1: 6.878-seconds, 194.97 mph Q2: 6.886, 194.63 Q3: 6.931, 193.02 Q4: 6.932, 194.41 Qualified: No. 9 First Round Opponent: Matt Smith Quotable: “We came right off the trailer and ran third quickest of the session,” Gladstone said. “Getting that bonus point in the first session was really important for our team and each point counts when you’re i

San Marino Excavating’s Joey Gladstone Heading Home at Dodge NHRA Nationals

DEWEY BEACH, Del. (September 20, 2017) – Joey Gladstone heads to his home track of Maple Grove Raceway this weekend to compete in the second race of the Countdown to the Championship at the 33rd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals on his San Marino Excavating Suzuki. “I’ve been going to Maple Grove Raceway my entire life,” Gladstone said. “I went the first year I was born with my parents back when it was the Keystone Nationals. We’ve been going pretty much every year since unless the weekend was a total rainout.” Originally a Pennsylvania-native, Gladstone has very fond memories of going to the Reading, Penn.-based track and watching his dad race. “I have great memories at Maple Grove watch

Allen Johnson Looking to Make Up Ground Approaching 500th Career Pro Stock Race at Dodge NHRA Nation

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (September 20, 2017) – Legacy is one word that comes to mind when you think of Allen Johnson’s monumental Pro Stock racing career. This weekend’s 33rd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway marks Johnson’s 500th race in the Pro Stock category – the most of any current driver in the class. Johnson’s first start in Pro Stock was Phoenix in 1996 and 22 years later, he admits he never envisioned celebrating such a milestone. “In no way did I think we would’ve raced this long but it’s been a great ride,” Johnson beamed. “It’s been a lot of fun doing this with my family and it’s been well worth it.” Getting his first Pro Stock win in Richmond in 1999, Johnso

Joey Gladstone Rides San Marino Excavating Suzuki to No. 11 Qualifying Spot at NHRA Carolina Nationa

CONCORD, N.C. (September 16, 2017) – NHRA Rookie of the Year candidate Joey Gladstone powered the San Marino Excavating Suzuki to the No. 11 spot at the 10th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals. Gladstone will have a first round matchup against LE Tonglet in the first round of eliminations on Sunday at zMAX Dragway. In the first race in the Countdown to the Championship, both Gladstone and Tonglet are in the top ten and vying for their chance to win the championship at the end of the season. JOEY GLADSTONE, SAN MARINO EXCAVATING SUZUKI Q1: 6.917-seconds, 193.18 mph Q2: 6.940, 191.38 Q3: 6.945,192.22 Q4: 6.920, 193.68 Qualified: No. 11 First Round Opponent: LE Tonglet Quotable: “We came

Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing NHRA Carolina Nationals Qualifying Report

CONCORD, N.C. (September 16, 2017) – The first raceday of the Countdown to the Championship is on the horizon and Allen Johnson comes into the fight No. 9 in the Pro Stock points. On the eve of raceday at the 10th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals, Johnson finds himself as the No. 10 seed in the Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart and will race Drew Skillman in the first round of eliminations. ALLEN JOHNSON, MARATHON PETROLEUM/J&J RACING DODGE DART Q1: 6.603-seconds, 209.33 mph Q2: 6.616, 209.26 Q3: 6.612, 208.49 Q4: 6.609, 209.01 Qualified: No. 10 First Round Opponent: Drew Skillman Quotable: “All weekend we’ve been right there with the fastest in the pack,” Johnson said. “Luckily

Rob Tucker Racing Qualifying Wrap-Up: NHRA Carolina Nationals

CONCORD, N.C. (September 16, 2017) – Shane Tucker powered the Hot Wheels™ Americana Pro Series™ Car Care Products Chevrolet Camaro to the No. 14 spot after four rounds of qualifying at the 10th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway. SHANE TUCKER, AUZMET ARCHITECTURAL CHEVROLET CAMARO Q1: 7.148-seconds, 154.03 mph Q2: 6.676, Q3: 6.668, 207.37 Q4: 6.702, 204.66 Qualified: No. 14 First Round Opponent: Bo Butner Quotable: “It’s a little bit of a learning curve with our own engine program but I think we’re definitely closing the gap,” Tucker said. “I’m a little impatient because I’m a drag racer so I’d like to have the gap be a little smaller than it is going into raceday but we

Heading into First Countdown to the Championship, Rookie Rider Joey Gladstone Primed for NHRA Caroli

DEWEY BEACH, Del. (September 13, 2017) – Joey Gladstone may be in his first full year of Pro Stock Motorcycle competition but he is no stranger to competing on the dragstrip. Making a name for himself in drag racing when he rode for D.M.E. Racing on a turbocharged Pro Street Suzuki Hayabusa that possessed close to 700 horsepower, it’s no surprise that Gladstone has had early success on the Joe Riccardi-owned San Marino Excavating Suzuki. “I expected to be going into Indy in the 11th or 12th spot trying to fight my way into the Countdown to the Championship because the class is so stacked with such impressive names,” Gladstone admitted. “The success we had early on in the year kind of gav

Rob Tucker Racing Quick Facts, Race Stats, and Notes: NHRA Carolina Nationals

STATESVILLE, N.C. (September 12, 2017) – Shane Tucker and his Auzmet Architectural Chevrolet Camaro team will make their way to zMAX Dragway this weekend for the 10th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals. Not in the Countdown to the Championship points, Tucker is looking forward to playing the role of points spoiler in a handful of races during the Countdown. Quotable: “zMAX Dragway is like another home race for me,” Tucker said. “In my Pro Stock career, I’ve always wanted to run really well and win in Charlotte. My parents live in Statesville, North Carolina so this race is special for all of us.” “We'd like going out there, do the best we can, and maybe spoil some points in the process,”

Allen Johnson Looking to Start Final Countdown to the Championship with a Bang at NHRA Carolina Nati

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (September 12, 2017) – After announcing his retirement from professional drag racing after the 2017 season at the U.S. Nationals, Johnson is switching his mind frame to focus on ending his monumental 22-year Pro Stock career with a bang and perform in the Countdown to the Championship one last time. “The reset of points for the Countdown to the Championship is big for our Marathon Petroleum team,” Johnson said. “I think the last couple races we’ve had some good momentum and had some close races. We’ve got a decent car making decent runs so we’ve gotta take advantage of the points reset and give ourselves an early opportunity to move up a few positions and build points.”

Team Liberty Racing to Step Back and Invest in Team’s Future, Return to Competition in Las Vegas

CORDELE, Ga. (September 9, 2017) – Team Liberty Racing’s Cory Reed and Angelle Sampey announced today that they will be taking time off the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing circuit to focus on their engine program and will return to Pro Stock Motorcycle competition at the end of October for the NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. “We decided as a team to take a step back to regroup and get ready for next year,” Team owner and 2016 Rookie of the Year Cory Reed explained. “We have a lot of shop plans while we take this break. Our dyno is on the way and we’ve got a bunch of little things to do that we haven’t been able to do while on the road. It sucks not to race bec

Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Recap: 63rd annual U.S. Nationals

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 4, 2017) – Allen Johnson went to the quarterfinal round of eliminations today at the 63rd annual NHRA U.S. Nationals after defeating Johnny Gray in the first round. After clinching his spot in the Countdown to the Championship during qualifying yesterday, the pressure was off for the 2012 Pro Stock World Champion to outperform competitors below him in the point standings. He came into raceday as the No. 10 seed and had a first round matchup against Johnny Gray. Johnson staged his Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart against Gray and the battle was on. Johnson clocked in with a 6.662-second pass at 207.05 mph and turned on the win light on against Gray’

Team Liberty Race Recap: 63rd annual U.S. Nationals

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 4, 2017) – The 63rd annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals is the biggest race of the season and it brought out the best for Team Liberty Racing’s Cory Reed and Angelle Sampey. They both came up short in the first round but they came away with their heads held high with solid horsepower in eliminations after a challenging bout in qualifying on their PSE/Team Liberty Racing Victory Magnums. In the first round, Reed qualified No. 14 and had a first round matchup against Hector Arana Jr. As they both left the starting line, Reed’s .018-second reaction time blazed ahead of Arana Jr. and he carried that .054-second starting line advantage all the way until

Allen Johnson Closes Out U.S. Nationals Qualifying No. 10, Clinches Spot in Countdown to the Champio

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 3, 2017) – It’s been an emotional weekend so far for the Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart team led by 2012 Pro Stock World Champion Allen Johnson. With Johnson’s retirement announcement coming on Friday afternoon at the 63rd annual U.S. Nationals, he quickly turned his focus back to performing on track and working to win his first U.S. Nationals in his 22-year career. On Friday evening, Johnson’s Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart squared the tires at the hit and coasted to a12.528-seconds pass at 86.68 mph. Saturday, Johnson made a solid 6.676, 206.51 and went straight down Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. Capitalizing on the good track

Team Liberty Racing Qualifying Report: 63rd annual U.S. Nationals

Team Liberty Racing Qualifying Report: 63rd annual U.S. Nationals CORY REED, PSE/TEAM LIBERTY RACING VICTORY MAGNUM Q1: 7.019-seconds, 187.91 mph Q2: 6.941, 189.02 Q3: No Time Q4: No Time Q5: No Time Qualified: No. 14 First Round Opponent: Hector Arana Jr. Quotable: "We sat out the last three sessions because we just didn’t want to hurt my motor," Reed said. "I was running well so I think everybody needed to kind of focus on Angelle’s bike and get it running right. We needed to put all the brain power on her bike and not worry about tuning my bike at the same time. It just made the stress level go down a lot and it paid off." ANGELLE SAMPEY, PSE/TEAM LIBERTY RACING VICTORY MAGNUM Q

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