Allen Johnson Leaves St. Louis with Sights Set on Regaining Momentum in Reading

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (September 27, 2016) – Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson has had a slower than expected start to his Countdown to the Championship efforts but with four races left, the dream is still alive for the 2012 Pro Stock World Champion to be the last man standing at the conclusion of the season. Johnson is hoping the 32nd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals is just the right place to grab the momentum the team had in the regular season. “I still think we have a great racecar even thought we’ve lost early in the last two races,” Johnson said. “We’ve just got to make better decisions every single run and that’s what we’ll do in Reading. It’s always cold in Reading and we have a decent setup for that. When I think about Reading, I think about it being cold and we’re gonna go fast.” Qualifying at the 32nd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals will begin on Friday, September 30th with two sessions at 1:15 and 4:15 p.m. Two more qualifying sessions will be on Saturday, October 1st at 11:15 and 2:45 p.m. Eliminations begin at noon on Sunday, October 2nd. Event Schedule Friday, Sept. 30: two qualifying sessions at 1:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1: two qualifying sessions at 11:15 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2: eliminations at 12:00 p.m. FS1 Schedule Friday, Sept. 30, FS1 will televise one hour of live qualifying coverage at 6 p.m. (ET). Sunday, Oct. 2, FS1 will televise one hour of qualifying coverage at 2 a.m. (ET). Sunday, Oct. 2, FS1 will televise three hours of live finals coverage starting at 2 p.m. COUNTDOWN TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP RACES Race #1: NHRA Carolina Nationals, Charlotte 2 (Fall Charlotte Race) Qualified: No. 6 with a 6.603, 209.01 Results: lost first round to Jeg Coughlin Points: Ended event 5th in points with a total of 2,095 points Race #2: AAA Insurance Midwest Nationals, St. Louis Qualified: No. 9 with a 6.625, 208.46 Results: lost first round to Drew Skillman Points: Ended event in 7th with 2,127 points

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