Johnson Jams in ASCS Gulf South Go at Pike County MAGNOLIA, Miss. (April 22, 2006) -- Jason Johnson posted his second American Sprint Car Series Gulf South Region feature win in as many nights by acing Saturday night's 25-lap ...
Johnson Jams in ASCS Gulf South Go at Pike County
MAGNOLIA, Miss. (April 22, 2006) -- Jason Johnson posted his second American Sprint Car Series Gulf South Region feature win in as many nights by acing Saturday night's 25-lap feature at Pike County Speedway.
Starting fourth, Johnson took to the high side and raced past front row starters Lane Whittington and Gary Watson in the opening two corners to take a lead he would never relinquish aboard Marvin and Peggy Pearson's Wesmar-powered No. 11 Maxim.
As Johnson led the way, Whittington held second as 15-year-old Channin Tankersley and current series point leader Gary Watson diced for the third position. Tankersley finally took the spot then inherited second when Whittington jumped the turn one cushion on the 12th circuit and flipped after tagging the wall.
Tankersley kept Johnson within ten car-lengths over the final rounds but was never able to mount a bid for the lead, settling for a career-best ASCS runner-up finish. Greg Rilat battled past Watson for third in the final rounds, with Watson settling for fourth in front of Darryl Wills.
Jerry Bell earned Hard Charger honors by racing from 14th to sixth, with Chris Sweeney recovering from an early spin to snare seventh. Defending series champion Ray Allen Kulhanek, Larry Hartwell and Robert Casada completed the top ten.
Rilat, Watson and Johnson each claimed heat race victories.
ASCS Gulf South Region Results:
First Heat: 1. 35-Greg Rilat, 2. 17c-Greg Coleman, 3. 01-Shane Morgan, 4. K9-Robert Casada, 5. 41-Ray Allen Kulhanek, 6. 10-Larry Hartwell, 7. 94c-Stephen Chevallier.
Second Heat: 1. 3-Gary Watson, 2. 9-Lane Whittington, 3. 17-Philip Faulkner, 4. 2-Todd Sayard, 5. 85-Jerry Bell, 6. 15-Brad Stokes, 7. 99-Ray Stevison.
Third Heat: 1. 11-Jason Johnson, 2. 71-Channin Tankersley, 3. 93-Chris Sweeney, 4. 23-Darryl Wills, 5. 44-Seavy Clemmons, 6. 7-Michael Herrington, 7. 67-Matt George.
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 11-Jason Johnson, 2. 71-Channin Tankersley, 3. 35-Greg Rilat, 4. 3-Gary Watson, 5. 23-Darryl Wills, 6. 85-Jerry Bell, 7. 93-Chris Sweeney, 8. 41-Ray Allen Kulhanek, 9. 10-Larry Hartwell, 10. K9-Robert Casada, 11. 44-Seavy Clemmons, 12. 17-Philip Faulkner, 13. 67-Matt George, 14. 7-Michael Herrington, 15. 15-Brad Stokes, 16. 01-Shane Morgan, 17. 9-Lane Whittington, 18. 17c-Greg Coleman, 19. 2-Todd Sayard, 20. 99-Ray Stevison, 21. 94c-Stephen Chevallier.
ASCS Gulf South Region Points (Top Ten): 1. Gary Watson 416, 2. Jason Johnson 414, 3. Greg Rilat 410, 4. Chris Sweeney 406, 5. Darryl Wills 400, 6. Channin Tankersley 384, 7. Lane Whittington 382, 8. Stephen Chevallier 358, 9. Brad Stokes 356, 10. Ray Allen Kulhanek 353.