MARATHON PETROLEUM/J&J RACING DODGE DART
EVENT PREVIEW: 36TH ANNUAL SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT NHRA SOUTHERN NATIONALS
Allen Johnson Anticipating an Even Better Outing at NHRA Southern Nationals
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (May 10, 2016) – Marathon Petroleum Co./J&J Racing Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson went to his second semifinal appearance at the NHRA SpringNationals and anticipates an even better outing when he hits the track this weekend at the 36th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals.
A week off the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour has allowed Johnson and his team to burn the midnight oil and keep working in the direction that landed them a spot in the late rounds in Houston.
“Since Houston, we’ve just been working on some new parts and pieces for the engine,” said Johnson. “We were pretty good in Houston and I think we’re gonna be even better in Atlanta. I think we’re gonna be pretty stout.”
Atlanta Dragway has been the platform for many memories for the Johnson clan. Allen’s father Roy went to the finals in Competition Eliminator at the 1983 Southern Nationals.
“Atlanta used to be our home track,” Allen said. “That’s also where I won my second race in Pro Stock back in 2002 against Greg Anderson. Maybe we can do the same thing again this weekend.”
Qualifying at the 36th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals begins on Friday, May 13 with two sessions at 4 and 6:30 p.m. (ET). Two more rounds of qualifying will be on Saturday, May 14 at 1:30 and 4 p.m. (ET). The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series eliminations begin on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. (ET).
ALLEN JOHNSON, MARATHON PETROLEUM/J&J RACING DODGE DART
Last year, Atlanta: Qualified No. 4; lost second round to Rodger Brogdon
Last event, Charlotte 1: Qualified No. 5, lost in the semifinal round to Greg Anderson