GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (November 7, 2016) – Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson returns to Auto Club Raceway at Pomona this weekend for the last race of the season. It’s hard to believe the Marathon Petroleum team was here nine months ago for the season opening race and Johnson is ready to defend his title as the Auto Club NHRA Finals Pro Stock winner after taking home the win at the end of the 2015 season.
23 races and one national event win this far in 2016, Johnson is returning to Pomona with a similar feeling to when he pulled into the gates in the fall of last year.
“We were the underdogs in Pomona last year,” Johnson commented. “We weren’t as fast as we should’ve been and we were just looking for some things to happen on raceday and that’s probably it’ll happen again this year. This Marathon Petroleum Dodge Dart team has no problem with being the underdogs.”
Although the Pro Stock championship is not in the cards for Johnson, he’s looking to have an impact on how the championship plays out.
“I think Pomona is going to be a knock-down, drag-out fight and we’ve got six to eight cars that could realistically win the race,” he affirmed. “We are gonna do what we need to do to mix up the points this weekend. We plan to get back in contention and whoop up on them.”
Qualifying at the 52nd annual Auto Club NHRA Finals begins on Friday, November 11th with two qualifying sessions at 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Two more qualifying sessions will be at 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 12th. Eliminations will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 13th starting with Top Fuel.
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 points
Race #5: Las Vegas NHRA Nationals, Las Vegas
Qualified: No. 11 with a 6.730, 204.51
Results: Lost in the first round to Jason Line
Points: 8th with 2,245 points
Race Schedule at NHRA Nationals
Friday, Nov. 11: two qualifying sessions at 12:00 and 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 12: two qualifying sessions at 12:00 and 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 13: eliminations at 11:00 a.m.
Television Schedule at NHRA Nationals
Friday Nov. 11, FS1 will televise one hour of live qualifying coverage at 11:30 p.m. (ET).
Sunday Nov. 13, FS1 will televise one hour of qualifying coverage at 11:30 a.m. (ET).
Sunday, Nov. 13, FS1 will televise three hours of live finals coverage starting at 4 p.m. (ET).