Angelle Sampey Takes PSE/Team Liberty Racing Victory Magnum to Quarterfinal Appearance in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (October 29, 2017) – Angelle Sampey rode her PSE/Team Liberty Racing Victory Magnum Pro Stock Motorcycle to the second round of eliminations at the 17th annual NHRA Nationals after defeating Jerry Savoie in the first round. Sampey came into raceday in the No. 9 position and had a first round matchup against reigning Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion Jerry Savoie. Three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion Sampey nabbed over six-thousandths of a second over Savoie at the starting line and was able to take that advantage all the way to the finish line. Sampey not only left on Savoie on the starting line but she also beat him to the finish line as well with a 7.009-seco

Marathon Petroleum’s Allen Johnson Races to Quarterfinals in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (October 29, 2017) – Allen Johnson powered the Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart to the quarterfinal round at the 17th annual NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas. Johnson came into raceday in the No. 11 spot and had a first round matchup against Erica Enders. Johnson went straight down the boulevard at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a victorious 6.716-second pass at 202.82 mph over Enders’ troubled 7.026, 163.49. “She broke a motor I think,” Johnson said at the top end about competitor Erica Enders. “We’ve still got something wrong with the car and if we can figure it out before second round, we can run right with them.” Second round, Johnson took on Bo Bu

Team Liberty Racing Qualifying Wrap-Up: NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (October 28, 2017) – After sitting out four races, Team Liberty Racing’s Cory Reed and Angelle Sampey returned to competition and tried their hand at the uber-competitive Pro Stock Motorcycle class at the 17th annual NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas. On Friday, Team Liberty Racing team owner and 2016 Rookie of the Year Reed clocked in with a 7.173-second pass at 184.04 mph. Three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion Sampey followed the pair directly after with a 7.100, 185.21. In the evening session, Reed picked up four-thousandths of a second at the top end of The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway when he ran a 7.130, 184.80. Sampey closed out Friday with an improved 7.0

Shane Tucker Drives to No. 14 Seed in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (October 28, 2017) – Shane Tucker powered the Gray Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro to the No. 14 spot after four rounds of qualifying at the 17th annual NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas. In his borrowed Shane Gray ride, he will take on Bo Butner in the first round and hope to play a part in how the championship points turn out. On Friday, Tucker jumped in the Gray Motorsports Camaro for the first time and clocked in with a 6.741-seconds pass at 204.23 mph landing him in the No. 12 spot. He showed that consistency is the name of the game when he crossed the finish line at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a 6.749, 204.98 in Friday’s evening session. “I feel pretty comfo

Team Marathon Petroleum Qualifying Report: NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (October 28, 2017) – Qualifying at the 17th annual NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is in the books and Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson finished in the No. 11 spot and will take on Erica Enders in the first round of eliminations on Sunday morning. ALLEN JOHNSON, MARATHON PETROLEUM/J&J RACING DODGE DART Q1: 6.719-seconds, 203.25 mph Q2: 6.722, 204.42 Q3: 6.721, 203.03 Q4: 6.722, 202.79 Qualified: No. 11 First Round Opponent: Erica Enders QUOTABLE: “We’re making some good runs in our Marathon Petroleum Dodge Dart but it just doesn’t seem to be as fast as we’d like it to be in the back-half,” Johnson said. “It’s no

Team Liberty Racing Back In Action For NHRA Nationals In Las Vegas

CORDELE, Ga. (October 25, 2017) – Taking a step back from competition after the U.S. Nationals in September, Team Liberty Racing’s Cory Reed and Angelle Sampey are rejuvenated and ready to return this weekend at the 17th annual NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. “Taking those races off helped our team kind of reset a little bit,” team owner and rider Cory Reed said. “Stepping back kind of opened our eyes to a couple of things that we may not have had time to see if we didn’t skip a few races. We’re confident that we’re gonna go to Las Vegas and not hurt anything and even go faster than we have all season because we’re not hurting our stuff.” Heading into this week

Allen Johnson Seeking Top Five In Pro Stock Points Before End Of Season

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (October 25, 2017) – Two more to go. Two races left in what many would consider to be an impressive career in any professional sport. Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson has set specific goals heading into the 17th annual NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the last two races of the season. “We’re gung-ho these last two events and want to move up in the top five in points before this season is done,” Johnson said. “Of course, I’d love to win a race before the end of the year but my plan is to go rounds, jump into the top five, and go out on a good note.” In his 22-year career, Johnson has won at The Strip at

Shane Tucker to Pilot Gray Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro in Las Vegas

GOLD COAST, Australia (October 21, 2017) – Pro Stock standout Shane Tucker announced today that he will be taking the wheel of a Gray Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro next weekend at the 17th annual NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The Shane Gray-owned Camaro was last contested at the U.S. Nationals with grandfather Johnny Gray at the helms where it qualified in the top half of the field. “This deal started when I had an engine issue in Dallas last weekend in the second session,” Tucker explained. “We fixed it for the third session but hurt it again and Shane [Gray] came over and gave us a motor to run for Q4 [final qualifying session]. We didn’t get it in in time but

Marathon Petroleum’s Allen Johnson Knows Cooler Raceday Will Be Crew Chief’s Game, Confident in Chan

ENNIS, Tex. (October 14, 2017) – In high track temperatures during qualifying, Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson qualified No. 11 and is looking forward to the cooler track temperatures on raceday as he takes on the competition at the 32nd annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals. On Friday, Johnson’s Marathon Petroleum Dodge Dart sounded troubled when he went up on the two-step as he staged and when the car bogged off the line, Johnson decided to coast to the finish line with a 21.095-seconds pass at 50.59 mph. Seeking improvement in the next session, the Adam Hornberger-led team came back and made a massive improvement when he clocked in with a 6.658, 207.24.

Drastic Weather Changes for Raceday Leave Shane Tucker Looking to Pull Upset in Eliminations

ENNIS, Tex. (October 14, 2017) – Hot Wheels™ Car Care Products Chevrolet Camaro driver Shane Tucker qualified No. 16 this weekend at the 32nd annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at his adopted-home track, Texas Motorplex. On Friday, Tucker started the foundation of his qualifying with a 6.784-second pass at 203.22 mph. The Rob Tucker-led team came back in the evening session and improved their performance by over five-thousandths of a second when he crossed the finish line with a 6.730, 204.35. Saturday, the Australia-native clocked in with a consistent 6.768, 202.94 but was the victim of engine trouble that caused a motor replacement. Replacing the engine between the third and fourth

Chris McGaha Ready to Snag First Cowboy Hat in Victory Lane at Home Track Texas Motorplex

ODESSA, Tex. (October 11, 2017) – Candid Pro Stock fan-favorite and Texas-native Chris McGaha has won five times in the factory hot rod class but the one thing missing on his bucket list is a win at Texas Motorplex. “I was there as a kid the first day it opened,” McGaha recalled. “I sure would like to win the FallNationals at the Motorplex. It would probably be as big a deal as winning Indy for me. I got my first Pro Stock round win at the Texas Motorplex in 2011; this place has a real special place in our hearts.” Coming into his home race No. 9 in the Pro Stock point standings, the Harlow Sammons driver knows how important the fourth race of the six-race Countdown to the Championship

Shane Tucker Hopes Adopted-Home Track Brings Luck on Raceday at AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals

DALLAS, Tex. (October 11, 2017) – Splitting his time between his home in Australia and his home in Dallas, Texas, Hot Wheels™ Car Care Products Pro Stock driver Shane Tucker is hoping that coming to his adopted-home track will bring luck for his part-time team as they head into the 32nd annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals this weekend. “When I started doing this deal when I was living in Australia and just coming over here, I think it was more difficult,” Tucker said. “Especially with my business [Auzmet Architectural], Monday in Australia is Sunday here and it was hard to focus on raceday while getting business calls. Having an office in Dallas now allows me to split the two.” Tucker

Allen Johnson Hungry to Ink One More Victory Before Retirement at AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (October 10, 2017) – As the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series heads into the second half of the Countdown to the Championship, Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing’s Allen Johnson is hungry to knock out one more victory in his Dodge Dart before his retirement at the conclusion of this season. “We have nicknamed the last part of this season ‘AJ’s Final Stage’ and we’re going to have fun with it and hopefully be competitive,” Johnson said. “Going to Texas Motorplex is always fun and one of my favorite memories down there is the year I won the championship and I got on the hood on my Mopar with that cowboy hat on. We always love racing at the Motorplex.” Qualifying begins on

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