GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (September 12, 2017) – After announcing his retirement from professional drag racing after the 2017 season at the U.S. Nationals, Johnson is switching his mind frame to focus on ending his monumental 22-year Pro Stock career with a bang and perform in the Countdown to the Championship one last time.
“The reset of points for the Countdown to the Championship is big for our Marathon Petroleum team,” Johnson said. “I think the last couple races we’ve had some good momentum and had some close races. We’ve got a decent car making decent runs so we’ve gotta take advantage of the points reset and give ourselves an early opportunity to move up a few positions and build points.”
In his last Countdown to the Championship of his professional career, Johnson acknowledges their upward swing in performance and admits he’s in a lot better shape than when he was here in the spring for the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.
“Oh, we aren’t even in the same atmosphere as when we came here in the spring,” he laughed. “We stunk it up early in the year and I think we’re about five hundredths [of a second] better compared to the No. 1 qualifier than when we came here in April. We’ve got a much better chance at winning in Charlotte this time around.”
#AJsFinalStage – Carolina Nationals and Updated Career Statistics
Allen Johnson announced his retirement from professional drag racing at the end of the 2017 season at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis on September 1st, 2017
The NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway is Johnson's 499th race in Pro Stock
Johnson has raced to one final round appearance at the fall Charlotte event – he posted a runner-up finish to Jason Line in 2012
Last year’s performance: qualified No. 6; lost in the first round to Jeg Coughlin Jr.
Johnson’s current career win-loss record in Pro Stock: 456-366
PRO STOCK POINT STANDINGS
1. Bo Butner 2100
2. Tanner Gray 2080
3. Greg Anderson 2070
4. Drew Skillman 2060
5. Jason Line 2050
6. Erica Enders 2040
7. Jeg Coughlin Jr. 2030
8. Vincent Nobile 2020
9. ALLEN JOHNSON 2010
10. Chris McGaha 2000
Carolina Nationals Run Schedule:
Friday, September 15th: two qualifying runs at 2:45 and 5:15 p.m. (ET)
Saturday, September 16th: two qualifying sessions at 12:45 and 3:15 p.m. (ET)
Sunday, September 17th: eliminations begin at 12:00 p.m. (ET) starting with Top Fuel.