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Route 66 Nationals Defending Champ Allen Johnson All Set for Repeat in 2016

July 5, 2016

 

ALLEN JOHNSON
MARATHON PETROLEUM CO./J&J RACING DODGE DART
RACE PREVIEW: 19TH ANNUAL K&N FILTERS ROUTE 66 NHRA NATIONALS
ROUTE 66 RACEWAY
JULY 8-10
 

Route 66 Nationals Defending Champ Allen Johnson All Set for Repeat in 2016

 
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (July 5, 2016) – Marathon Petroleum Corporation/J&J Racing Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson rocketed his Dodge Dart to the final round at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals just one year ago. As he approaches the 13th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, Johnson is looking forward to letting his presence be known as the defending Route 66 NHRA Nationals Pro Stock winner.
 
With two weeks since their last race in Norwalk, Ohio, Johnson expressed his eagerness to get back to the racetrack and take home the win at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois.
 
“We had a good weekend up there last year,” the Greeneville-based driver laughed as reminiscing about his win in 2015. “I beat Larry Morgan and then he came back and beat me the next race in Denver after that staging duel.”
 
“The boys have been hard on the dyno since we got home,” Johnson said. “Doing well in Chicago is what we’re concentrating on because we need to get our momentum back as we head into the Western Swing.”
 
Qualifying at the 19th annual K&N Filters Route 66 NHRA Nationals will begin on Friday July 8 with two qualifying runs at 5:15 and 7:45 p.m. Two more qualifying sessions will be on Saturday July 9th at 3:15 and 6:00 p.m. Eliminations will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday July 10th.
 
 
ALLEN JOHNSON, MARATHON PETROLEUM CO./J&J RACING DODGE DART
Last race, Norwalk: Qualified No. 13; lost second round to Shane Gray
Last year, Chicago: Qualified No. 7; win over Larry Morgan
 
TELEVISION:      
Saturday, July 9, FS1 will televise two hours of qualifying coverage at 10 p.m. (ET).
Sunday, July 10, FS1 will televise three hours of live finals coverage at 2 p.m. (ET).
 
SCHEDULE:        
FRIDAY, July 8-  qualifying at 5:15 and 7:45p.m.
SATURDAY, July 9- qualifying at 3:15 and 6 p.m.
SUNDAY, July 10 - Pre-race ceremonies, 10 a.m.; eliminations begin at 11 a.m.

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