Marathon’s Allen Johnson Leaving Western Swing Feeling Like Top Player in Class Despite Second Round


ALLEN JOHNSON MARATHON PETROLEUM/J&J RACING DODGE DART RACE REPORT: 29TH ANNUAL PROTECT THE HARVEST NHRA NORTHWEST NATIONALS PRESENTED BY LUCAS OIL PACIFIC RACEWAYS AUGUST 5-7

Marathon’s Allen Johnson Leaving Western Swing Feeling Like Top Player in Class Despite Second Round Loss

SEATTLE, Wash. (August 7, 2016) – Allen Johnson drove his Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart to the second round of eliminations at the 29th annual Protect The Harvest NHRA Northwest Nationals presented by Lucas Oil. Entering Sunday in the No. 5 spot, Johnson had lane choice over fellow Dodge driver Deric Kramer in the first round. Johnson clocked in with a 6.564-second pass at 210.90 and took the win over Kramer’s 6.652, 207.27. Johnson lost lane choice in the second round to Jason Line and was put in the right lane which seemed to be troubling for other competitors in the class. In one of the closest races of the round, Johnson ran a 6.566, 209.62 and by barely a fender, Line took the win with a 6.543, 210.77. “We’re made a great run in that second round. Greg and Jason just dig down when they need to and get that little extra. They did what they needed to do and threw at it at the track and it worked. For the western swing, we participated in eight rounds out of twelve and I think that’s pretty good. I think we’re right there with the top guys and we’re gelling for the Countdown. We’ve got some new stuff coming in Brainerd and maybe that’ll get us over the hump and they’ll be chasing us!” The next event on the NHRA Mello Yello Tour will be hosted at Brainerd International Raceway for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals On August 18th. ALLEN JOHNSON, MARATHON PETROLEUM CO./J&J RACING DODGE DART Qualified: No. 5 ELIMINATIONS First Round: JOHNSON (6.564-second, 210.80) def. Deric Kramer (6.652, 207.27) Second Round: Jason Line (6.543, 210.77) def. JOHNSON (6.566, 209.62) QUALIFYING FRIDAY: 6.601, 208.55 (Session 1); 6.594, 209.43 (Session 2) SATURDAY: 6.564, 210.08 (Session 3); 6.550, 211.06 (Session 4)

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