MARATHON PETROLEUM CO./J&J RACING DODGE DART
RACE REPORT: 32ND ANNUAL CARQUEST AUTO PARKS NHRA NATIONALS
WILD HORSE PASS MOTORSPORTS PARK
FEBRUARY 26-28, 2016
CHANDLER, Arizona (February 28, 2016) – Allen Johnson and his Marathon Petroleum Corporation/J&J Racing Pro Stock Dodge Dart GT made solid runs throughout qualifying but was thwarted by bad luck in the first round of eliminations at the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals amidst trying to battle the learning curve of the new fuel injection system.
Johnson began qualifying in the No. 4 spot. Being in the top half of the field going into raceday guaranteed lane choice over Deric Kramer in the first roundon Sunday. Johnson made a clean run down the track with a 6.711-second pass at 206.16 mph but it was not enough to get the win over Kramer’s 6.747, 206.95.
Although their raceday ended prematurely, Johnson has every confidence in his car and his team.
“The team is working well together,” said Johnson. “It’s just gonna take a while to figure this stuff out. We know where we need to go but we just haven’t got there right now.”
Johnson plans to test in Bradenton, Florida on his way to the 47th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals.
“We’ve tested in Florida before the season started and we ran well when we were there. We’ve made some gains since we’ve tested there and I think we’ve learned a lot. We just have to get our tune-up to be more safe, not hurt motors and learn what moves to make.”
ALLEN JOHNSON, MARATHON PETROLEUM CO./J&J RACING DODGE DART
Qualified: No. 4
FIRST ROUND: Deric Kramer (6.747-second, 206.95 mph) def. JOHNSON (6.711, 206.16)
FRIDAY: 6.677-second, 206.83 mph (Session 1); 6.674, 206.73 (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 6.649, 207.11 (Session 3); 6.704, 206.54 (Session 4)
SR DRIVEN MEDIA