ALLSTAR: Butler Motor Speedway race report

Quincy, MI (July 14th): Jason Johnson led wire to wire to win his first career All Star Circuit of Champions feature event at the Butler Motor Speedway in Quincy, Michigan. Johnson, "the Cajun Sensation", was able to hold off Kenny Jacobs and...

Quincy, MI (July 14th): Jason Johnson led wire to wire to win his first career All Star Circuit of Champions feature event at the Butler Motor Speedway in Quincy, Michigan. Johnson, "the Cajun Sensation", was able to hold off Kenny Jacobs and Jerrod Hull during numerous late race restarts to take the victory in Jack Elden's Maxim Chassis.

"This is great to get my first All Star victory", exclaimed Johnson in victory lane. "I am just getting my career started, and it is great to get a victory here with the All Stars".

Greg Wilson in the Hampshire #63 and Johnson started on the front row for the 35-lap feature event. Johnson moved out in front at the start as Wilson, Jacobs in the Honecker/Jacobs #6 car, and fast qualifier Jerrod Hull in the Webb #51 moved up from sixth to fourth at the very start of the event. Hull was on Jacobs for third when Marvin Pifer and Mark Stemen tangled on the frontstrech sending Stemen for a wild slide. Both cars were able to restart at the tail of the field.

Johnson was able to pull away at the restart, while the best battle on the track was with Chad Kemenah in the Harble #15 and Danny Smith in the Baker #4 for the fifth position. Smith was able to dive under Kemenah in turn three on lap four to get the position.

On lap six Johnson started to catch slower traffic, and this allowed for Wilson to make up on the straightaway lead Johnson had built up. Wilson was all over Johnson on lap 10 as the lapped car of Gerry Hart served as a pick. On lap 12 Johnson may well have made the move that helped win him the race when he diamonded off the high side and dove under Hart, while the remainder of the front cars were stacked up behind. It took Wilson two more laps to clear Hart and set sail after Johnson. Wilson caught a break though when the caution came out on lap 17 for Kelly Kinser's spin in turn four. Kinser restarted at the tail of the field.

The put Wilson, third place Kenny Jacobs, and fourth running Jerrod Hull were right on the leaders bumper. Johnson pulled away on the restart when Bob Thoms spun off the track in turn four and retired from the event. Johnson pulled away again on the next restart. Johnson quickly approached lapped traffic during lap 24, and the field once again began to catch him. The caution again appeared on lap 28 when Gerry Hart spun off turn four.

Johnson once again pulled away on the restart, but the event took a strange twist on lap 30 when the second place car of Wilson blew a right rear tire in turn two to bring out another caution flag. Wilson changed the tire and rejoined the feature at the tail of the field. The field only made it one more lap when Brian Ellenberger spun and also had a right rear tire going down. Ellenberger also rejoined the field.

Johnson had Kenny Jacobs, all time leading feature winner in the All Star Circuit of Champions, right on his back bumper. Johnson was able to once again get the jump in turn four and pulled away from Jacobs. Johnson opened up a sizeable advantage and had the checkered flag in sight when Bill Rose crossed up and Mike Wagner slammed into Rose. Rose retired from the event while Wagner restarted at the tail.

Johnson brought the field down to a two-lap showdown for the win. Johnson once again got the jump at the restart and held on for the win over Kenny Jacobs, Hull, Smith, Kemenah, Travis Rilat, Todd Kelly, Dean Jacobs, Chuck Wilson, and Byron Reed.

Jerrod Hull set fast time over the 46-car field with a lap of 13.423 seconds around the 3/8-mile oval. The KT Equipment Rental First Heat Race was won by Dean Jacobs, the JB Enterprise Second Heat Race was won by Bob Thoms, The Crown Battery Third Heat Race was won by Season Robinson, and the Engler Tool & Machine Fourth Heat Race was won by Byron Reed. Randy Stuckey won the Georgia Marketing and Promotions "C" Feature event while Brian Ellenberger won the "B" Feature event. Danny Smith won the Haulmark Dash.

- TJ Buffenbarger

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Series Sprint
Drivers Kenny Jacobs , Dean Jacobs , Travis Rilat , Greg Wil , Bill Rose , Chad Kemenah , Jason Johnson