GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (October 24, 2016) – Coming off an announcement last week that Marathon Petroleum is renewing their sponsorship with J&J Racing in 2017, Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson heads to Las Vegas with the “bad luck monkey” off their back to compete at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
“We’re tickled to death that they [Marathon Petroleum] thought enough of our program to renew it,” Johnson said. “I’m a partner with them in business so this whole deal holds a lot of value.”
The Strip has been a very rewarding racetrack for established racer Johnson and he’s hoping Sin City will be the place he can turn his luck around and run the table. Johnson has won the fall event in Las Vegas once and when you combine the spring and fall events at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, he’s won three times.
“My favorite memory at Vegas was when we won it three times in a row,” he reminisced. “We doubled-up the first time the K&N Horsepower Challenge was in Las Vegas in 2012 and we followed it up with a win in the fall and another one the following spring.”
Heading into this weekend, Johnson is No. 8 in the Pro Stock standings. Although a championship is unlikely this year, he knows there are two opportunities to shine bright before the season comes to a close.
“I think we got the bad luck out of the way but we still need to go to Las Vegas and so something special.”
Qualifying at the 16th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals begins on Friday, October 28th at two qualifying sessions at 11:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Two more qualifying sessions will be on Saturday, October 29th at 11:45 am. and 3:30 p.m.Eliminations will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 30th.
COUNTDOWN TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
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: 5th with 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: 7th with 2,127 points
Race #3: Dodge Nationals, Reading
Qualified: No. 7 with a 6.597, 210.64
Results: Lost in the first round to Alan Prusiensky
Points: 7th with 2,160 points
Race #4: AAA FallNationals, Dallas
Qualified: No. 7 with a 6.610, 209.49
Results: Lost in the second round to Greg Anderson
Points: 8th with 2,213 pts
Race Schedule at NHRA Nationals
Friday, Oct. 28: two qualifying sessions at 11:45 am and 3:30 pm
Saturday, Oct. 29: two qualifying sessions at 11:45 am and 3:30 pm
Sunday, Oct. 30: eliminations begin at 11:00 am
Television Schedule at NHRA Nationals
Friday, Oct. 28, FOX Sports 1 (FS1) will televise one hour of live qualifying coverage at 6 p.m. (ET).
Sunday, Oct. 30, FS1 will air one hour of qualifying coverage at 10 a.m. (ET).
Sunday, Oct. 30, FS1 will televise three hours of live finals coverage starting at 4 p.m. (ET).