Johnson Takes Heart O' Texas in ASCS Regional Shootout WACO, Tex. (July 21, 2006) -- It seemingly makes little difference what mount Jason Johnson is aboard in 2006, as the end result is frequently another notch in the win column for "The ...
Johnson Takes Heart O' Texas in ASCS Regional Shootout
WACO, Tex. (July 21, 2006) -- It seemingly makes little difference what mount Jason Johnson is aboard in 2006, as the end result is frequently another notch in the win column for "The Ragin' Cajun".
Friday night, Johnson took over the reins of Marvin and Peggy Pearson's Wesmar-powered No. 11 entry and raced to his 14th overall American Sprint Car Series feature victory of the year by topping the 25-lap ASCS Gulf South vs. Sooner Region Shootout at Heart O' Texas Speedway, collecting the $2,000 winner's share in the process.
It marked Johnson's third triumph aboard the Pearson entry, with the other eleven coming aboard his regular Lanny Row-owned The Shop Diesel Service No. 41 entry.
Johnson battled past current American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region point leader Sean McClelland and ASCS Gulf South Region title contender Gary Watson in the early stages, taking command by the seventh round.
Johnson slipped away in the final rounds to secure the victory, with McClelland settling for second in front of two-time Sooner Region champion Kevin Ramey. Sam Hafertepe, Jr., overcame an early spin to take fourth in the latter portion, with Lane Whittington rounding out the top five.
Johnny Miller raced from 17th to snare sixth, with current ASCS Gulf South Region point leader Greg Rilat, 19th-starter Brian McClelland, 17-year-old Dex Eaton and 15th-starter Foster Landon completing the top ten.
ASCS Gulf South vs. Sooner Region Results:
First "B" Feature (12 Laps): 1. 11F-Foster Landon, 2. 64J-Johnny Miller, 3. 10x-Brian McClelland, 4. 99-Justin Melton, 5. 16$-Eddie Ramsey, 6. 10-Larry Hartwell, 7. 20-Richard Holt, 8. 74-Brandon Corn, 9. 45-J.P. Bailey, 10. 21b-Brandi Miller, 11. 12m-Tommy Bryant, 12. 76-John Ricketts.
Second "B" Feature (12 Laps): 1. 65-Skip Wilson, 2. 49-Ty Johnson, 3. 72-Sherman Davis, 4. 15b-Michael Brown, 5. b9-Earnest Mayfield, 6. b4-Eric Baldaccini, 7. 55d-David Doyle, 8. 13m-Kathryne Minter, 9. 02y-Harry Yerrington, 10. 23-Jimmy Taylor, 11. 69h-Larry Howery.
"A" Feature (25 Laps): 1. 11-Jason Johnson, 2. 1-Sean McClelland, 3. 7m-Kevin Ramey, 4. 15-Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 5. 9-Lane Whittington, 6. 64J-Johnny Miller, 7. 35-Greg Rilat, 8. 10x-Brian McClelland, 9. 59-Dex Eaton, 10. 11F-Foster Landon, 11. 35x-Brad Best, 12. 65-Skip Wilson, 13. 21T-Kent Lewis, Jr., 14. 41-Ray Allen Kulhanek, 15. 72-Sherman Davis, 16. 25-Derek Cottrell, 17. 74e-Claud Estes, 18. 29-Travis Rilat, 19. 49-Ty Johnson, 20. 3-Gary Watson.
ASCS Gulf South Region Points (Top Ten): 1. Greg Rilat 1,550, 2. Gary Watson 1,498, 3. Ray Allen Kulhanek 1,463, 4. Lane Whittington 1,411, 5. Larry Hartwell 1,270, 6. Chris Sweeney 1,177, 7. Richard Holt 1,176, 8. Kent Lewis, Jr. 1,014, 9. Channin Tankersley 998, 10. Stephen Chevallier 916.
American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region Points (Top Ten): 1. Sean McClelland 1,306, 2. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 1,274, 3. Kevin Ramey 1,252, 4. Brian McClelland 1,121, 5. J.P. Bailey 1,047, 6. Johnny Miller 1,043, 7. Dex Eaton 1,005, 8. 23-Jimmy Taylor 990, 9. Justin Melton 946, 10. Derek Cottrell 883.