Team Marathon Petroleum Race Preview: NHRA Southern Nationals

May 2, 2017


GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (May 2, 2017) – Allen Johnson took home the win at Atlanta Dragway fifteen years ago in 2002 and he can’t think of a better time to bring his Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart all the way to the winner circle once again.
The 37th annual NHRA Southern Nationals is the seventh of 24 races in the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series and as of the last two races, Johnson has found some major performance gains in their engine department.
“We made some serious gains in Houston and Charlotte and I’m looking forward to going to this final race in the three-in-a-row to see what’ll happen,” Johnson said. “We’re not 100% there yet but if I had one word for last weekend in Charlotte, it’d be progress.”
Qualifying for the 37th annual NHRA Southern Nationals will be held on Friday, May 5th, at 4:15 p.m. and 7:10 p.m. Two more sessions will be on Saturday, May 6th, at 1:15 and 3:45 p.m. Eliminations begin at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 7th.

  • Johnson won at this event back in 2002 over Greg Anderson

  • No. 1 qualifier in 2010

  • Johnson has 27 national event wins currently

  • Johnson has won 450 rounds coming into this weekend’s event

  • Last year: qualified No. 6, lost in the semifinals to Jason Line

NHRA Southern Nationals Television Schedule:
Friday, May 5, FS1 will televise one hour of qualifying highlights at 8 p.m. (ET).
Saturday, May 6, FS1 will televise one hour of qualifying highlights at 1 a.m. (ET).
Sunday, May 7, FS1 will televise three hours of elimination highlights at 6 p.m. (ET).
NHRA Southern Nationals Race Schedule:
Friday, May 5: two qualifying runs at 4:15 and 7:15
Saturday, May 6: two qualifying runs at 1:15 and 3:45
Sunday, May 7: eliminations at 11:00 a.m.

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