Luke Johnson Prepares for 2010 with Start in Las Vegas

Trabuco Canyon, CA (October 29, 2009) - Luke Johnson completed his on the track training season behind the wheel of the #48 Traxxas AMSOIL KMC Wheel BFGoodrich Tires Toyota Tacoma PRO-Light. It was a tough weekend at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The young high school senior from Southern California experienced track conditions that were not only new to him, but much of the competitors. After successfully battling adverse track conditions on Friday, a mechanical problem ended his night early on Saturday.

Friday night saw Luke start from the twelfth spot, of the sixteen-truck field. The track was very muddy in some sections, while very dry and dusty in others. This created adverse racing conditions and Luke had used most of his tear offs by the halfway point of the fourteen-lap race.

The BFGoodrich engineers gave the Traxxas Toyota a great groove on his tires, allowing him to keep control and stay out of trouble the entire night. As the checkered flag was waved, the "California Kid" finished ninth.

"I was hoping for a better finish, but with the track conditions, I'm glad we got to the finish without any major incident," remarked Luke Johnson.

The final round of the season saw an enormous improvement in track conditions, thanks to around the clock track prep from TORC.

The start of Round 16 saw Luke have shifting problems, almost immediately. Then coming into the mandatory caution, the transmission was stuck in neutral. After a quick tow, the truck got moving again, but was stuck in first gear. Two laps later, Luke pulled into the pits, as the truck was unable to run competitive laps. Officially, Luke Johnson was awarded a fourteenth place finish.

"Looking back on this year, I learned a ton," remarked Luke Johnson. "Not only about racing, but also about myself. I hope I've earned the respect of my fellow drivers, after spending the last two weekends in the Traxxas AMSOIL KMC Wheels BFGoodrich Tires Toyota Tacoma PRO-Light. This is the class I want to run next year. Thanks again to everyone that has helped along the way; back in the Midwest - the Waldvogels, Shawn, Charlie, Brandon; here on the West Coast - thanks goes out to Jimmy Stephenson and his team, and Leroy Leorwald. See you next year."

You can watch all the final round of TORC racing, including the PRO-Light race, Sunday, November 8, at 1:30pm eastern on ABC Sports.

In just two weekends of PRO-Light competition, Luke Johnson scored 48 points for his efforts.

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