MARATHON PETROLEUM CO./J&J RACING DODGE DART
RACE REPORT: 17TH ANNAUL DENSO SPARK PLUGS NHRA NATIONALS
THE STRIP AT LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Quarterfinal Finish for Marathon Petroleum’s Allen Johnson
Las Vegas, N.V. (April 3, 2016) – Allen Johnson drove his Marathon Petroleum Corporation/J&J Racing Pro Stock Dodge Dart GT to the second round of eliminations at the 17th annual DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals.
In his 460th raceday start, Johnson qualified No. 10 spot which gave him a first round matchup against Alex Laughlin. Laughlin left the starting line first butJohnson’s Marathon Petroleum Dodge powered over Laughlin to take the win.Johnson clocked in with a 6.818, 203.80 while Laughlin shook the tires and crossed the finish line at 18.813, 31.25.
The quarterfinal round paired 2012 NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock World Champion Johnson with fellow Pro Stock World Champion Greg Anderson.Johnson ran a solid 6.754, 204.45 but wasn’t able to out power Anderson’s 6.725, 205.66.
“We’re getting better and better every race,” noted Johnson. We need a few more ponies (horsepower) and we’ve got some things working at the shop right now that’ll come into play the next few weeks.”
Johnson plans to test the new technology in Charlotte at zMAX Dragway the week before Lowes Foods NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.
“We’ve still got a little work to do. The team is still learning but I think we’ll be reaching our pinnacle soon.”
ALLEN JOHNSON, MARATHON PETROLEUM CO./J&J RACING DODGE DART
Qualified: No. 10
First Round: JOHNSON (6.818-second, 203.80 mph) def. Alex Laughlin (18.813, 31.25)
Second Round: Greg Anderson (6.725, 205.66) def. JOHNSON (6.754, 204.45)
FRIDAY: 6.801, 204.05 (Session 1); 6.754, 204.14 (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 6.789, 204.73 (Session 3); 6.736, 204.60 (Session 4)