Early Exit Has Allen Johnson Looking Forward to St. Louis

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (September 18, 2016) – Allen Johnson is putting the Ninth annual NHRA Carolina Nationals in his rear view mirror after a first round loss at zMAX Dragway. Johnson qualified in the No. 6 spot and had lane choice over Jeg Coughlin. In the hottest day of the weekend, Johnson drove his Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart to a 6.703-second pass at 207.98 mph. Unfortunately, his 6.70 pass wasn’t enough to hold off Coughlin’s 6.687, 206.76. “Not the start we wanted but we were consistent all weekend,” Johnson said. “We hurt one of our motors yesterday and we just missed the setup today. You don’t want a first round loss in the Countdown but we’ve got plenty of races to make it up. We just are starting in a little bit of a hole but I know this Marathon Petroleum team will get out of it.” The next event will be the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals next weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park. ALLEN JOHNSON, MARATHON PETROLEUM/J&J RACING DODGE DART Qualified: No. 6 ELIMINATIONS First Round: Jeg Coughlin (6.687-second, 206.76 mph) def. JOHNSON (6.703, 207.98) QUALIFYING Friday: 6.614, 208.55 (Session 1); 6.603, 209.01 (Session 2) Saturday: 6.610, 209.04 (Session 3); 6.673, 194.35 (Session 4)

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