Johnson has pace but not the luck at Warrnambool Despite not being in a racecar for almost two months Jason Johnson last night showed why he is one of the best in the business last night when he competed in the ANZ $10,000 Sprintcar Spectacular...
Johnson has pace but not the luck at Warrnambool
Despite not being in a racecar for almost two months Jason Johnson last night showed why he is one of the best in the business last night when he competed in the ANZ $10,000 Sprintcar Spectacular at Warrnambool Speedway in Victoria.
In the country for a little over 24 hours Johnson reunited with his Australian team and slotted straight back into the seat of his Aussiefast Transport/STP Eagle to be the pace setter from the outset.
Following some superb performances in his opening two heat races that simply had the crowd in awe of his pace Johnson came to grief in his third coming together with Tim Hutchins ending the American's event early.
With a DNF under his belt Johnson had his work cut out for him coming from position 13 while his more fancied rivals started off the front two rows.
Such was the pace that the 27-year-old American had on board his Maxwill Engine powered machine he showed his competitors that there was simply more than one line on the race track.
Johnson was passing cars lap after lap on the inside and on the outside it simply didn't matter he was making his charge to the front. By half race distance he was into fourth and on the charge to chase down the leading trio. After making his way into second Johnson completed a slide job on a lapped car which would eventually cost him a shot at the victory.
During this move Johnson stripped a left rear stop leaving the chassis rail to drag on the ground an severely affecting the handling of his car. Despite the fact that he was in a wounded car it he held on gallantly to second for several laps before eventually dropping to third over the final couple of laps crossing the line behind Darren Jensen who won the race and Luke Dillon.
"While I am disappointed that I haven't got a full time ride back in the states it is great to come back here unite with my Australian team and get more racing laps and keep my eye in, said Johnson after the event.
"The car was great all night and the guys did a great job to get it fixed after that third heat incident. I know we had the pace to take the challenge to Darren but that's racing I suppose.
"I've got a few more shows before I head home so hopefully I can find victory lane in them.