GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (October 25, 2017) – Two more to go. Two races left in what many would consider to be an impressive career in any professional sport. Marathon Petroleum/J&J Racing Dodge Dart Pro Stock driver Allen Johnson has set specific goals heading into the 17th annual NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the last two races of the season.
“We’re gung-ho these last two events and want to move up in the top five in points before this season is done,” Johnson said. “Of course, I’d love to win a race before the end of the year but my plan is to go rounds, jump into the top five, and go out on a good note.”
In his 22-year career, Johnson has won at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway three out of the four times he’s appeared in the final round. At the fall Las Vegas event, he has been to two final rounds and won most recently in 2012 over Vincent Nobile.
“Racing wise, we’ve really done well there,” Johnson looked back. “The track is somewhere between sea level and Denver’s altitude and it seems like in the past, that’s played into our good fortune. I feel confident going there with my Marathon Petroleum team.”
Qualifying begins on Friday, October 27th with two qualifying sessions at 1:45 and 4:15 p.m. (PT). Two more qualifying sessions are scheduled for Saturday, October 28th at 1:15 and 3:45. Pre-race ceremonies will begin at 10:15 a.m. and eliminations will start at 11:00 a.m. (PT) starting with Top Fuel.
Allen Johnson – Career at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
At the fall Las Vegas event, Johnson has gone to two finals:
Between the spring and fall Las Vegas races, Johnson has won three out of the four final rounds he’s been in:
2012 (spring) win over Vincent Nobile
2012 (fall) win over Vincent Nobile
2013 (spring) win over Erica Enders
Last year’s performance: qualified No. 11; lost first round to Jason Line