Wayne Johnson Tunes Up with ASCS Local Score at Susky NEWBERRYTOWN, PA (May 20, 2007) - Wayne Johnson prepared for Thursday's O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National event at Susquehanna Speedway Park with a victory Sunday...
Wayne Johnson Tunes Up with ASCS Local Score at Susky
NEWBERRYTOWN, PA (May 20, 2007) - Wayne Johnson prepared for Thursday's O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National event at Susquehanna Speedway Park with a victory Sunday night at Susquehanna Speedway Park.
Johnson, 35, of Oklahoma City, Okla., led all 20 laps of the ASCS Mid-Atlantic local race and defeated a quality-assembled field that included drivers from the National Tour and top drivers from the Mid-Atlantic Region Series.
Next on Johnson's agenda is this Thursday's National Tour event that will include drivers like Gary Wright, Jason Johnson and Kenny Adams to name a few.
"I'm looking forward to Thursday night," Johnson said. "It's good to come in here and see what this track will do."
Johnson led an ASCS National trifecta that included second place finisher Travis Rilat and third-place Foster Landon. Dave Ely, a regular racer with ASCS at Susquehanna Speedway Park, was fourth and ASCS National driver Andy Shouse was fifth.
The race was a bit of redemption. At Black Rock Speedway on Saturday night, Rilat defeated Johnson. The two were the major players in the main event.
Johnson jumped ahead of Rilat at the start of the 20-lap main, but Rilat challenged the race leader on the eighth circuit as lapped traffic became a factor.
However, Johnson's car made contact with Don Slack's in the third turn, spinning Slack before hewent a lap down to the faster cars.
"I followed him down into the turn, and he went dead stop," Johnson said. "I hit the back of his car and spun him out. I apologize for doing it, but it was not intentional."
As the cars were pacing around the track, Chad Layton, who was running in the third spot at the time, went to the pits with a broken torsion arm.
When green flag racing resumed, Johnson immediately put Tim Hammer's Wesmar-powered H&H Enterprises No. 94 Eagle on the cushion and never lifted off the accelerator.
Rilat did close by six-car lengths on lap 14 when lapped traffic once again came into play.
"I was hoping for that lapped traffic," Rilat said. "I thought it would bunch us up for a few laps, but Wayne had a better car."
Johnson was surprised to see lapped traffic stay out of the way.
"They usually don't wave the move-over flag at most of the tracks we race at," Johnson said. "I saw them use it here, and I was impressed the guys obeyed and tried to get out of our way."
Roger Fickett and Rilat won heat races. Johnson won the Dash.
ASCS Mid-Atlantic Local Feature Finish (20 Laps): 1. 94-Wayne Johnson; 2. 29-Travis Rilat; 3. 11F-Foster Landon; 4. 3-Dave Ely; 5. 27-Andy Shouse; 6. 12-Jimmy Stitzel; 7. 57c-Chris Schmelze; 8. 55-Chad Layton; 9. 13K-Rick Kaylor; 10. 5C-Dan Carrozza; 11. 9D-Kevin Darling; 12. 66-Roger Fickett; 13. 56-Don Slack; 14. 36-Rod Ort; 15. 18-Adam Gordon.