Rick Johnson Earns High Performance Award Completes Most Laps in 1999 Charlotte, NC - Along with winning the 1999 Pat Schauer Memorial Rookie of the Year title, Rick Johnson, driver of the ...
Rick Johnson Earns High Performance Award Completes Most Laps in 1999
Charlotte, NC - Along with winning the 1999 Pat Schauer Memorial Rookie of the Year title, Rick Johnson, driver of the #22 Nationwide Auction Systems Chevrolet Monte Carlo, led the ASA ACDelco Challenge Series with a 99.02-percent laps completion ratio during the 20-event season. Johnson completed 5743 out of the possible 5800 laps this year, thanks to the great work performed by the Herzog Motorsports team, led by crew chief Ron Malec. Johnson has been awarded the High Performer of the Year, earning him a $5000 Mac Tools Certificate to be awarded at the annual awards banquet in Nashville, TN in December. Rick's Herzog Motorsports teammate, Jimmie Johnson, finished 4th in laps completed, with a 96.59-percent completion ratio.
The 1999 season saw Johnson accumulate 12 top-10 finishes to culminate a remarkable rookie year. The Herzog Motorsports team went the entire year without a single DNF (did not finish). Johnson was also able to lead his first laps in ASA competition, commanding the field 36 times this year.
Johnson summed up his rookie season as "extraordinary." "We set our goals early in the year to win the 1999 ASA Pat Schauer Memorial Rookie-of-the-Year title. The competition in this series is fierce, especially in the battle for rookie. At no point were we able to lie down. To be able to complete the most laps out of all the competitors is remarkable. I was just trying to maintain a consistency for each race. I had never seen half of these tracks before. I had to learn my way around them and then finish the races. I believe we succeeded very well. I'm looking forward to next year with Herzog Motorsports and Nationwide Auction Systems, where our goal for 2000 will be the ASA championship."
Crew chief, Ron Malec, was delighted with his team's performance this year. "With a rookie driver, you never know what to expect, but Rick did a fantastic job. Rick worked very hard to get a feel for these tracks, run smoothly, and stay out of trouble. Finishing every single race and completing the most laps is an accomplishment to this Herzog Motorsports/Nationwide Auction Systems Monte Carlo team."
Randy Herzog, co-owner of Herzog Motorsports, was very pleased with his team's 2nd consecutive High Performer award. "I was happy last year when we won the award with Jimmie (Johnson, teammate to Rick). I'm even more ecstatic that we could do it twice in a row. Rick and Herzog Motorsports set some goals coming into this year. We accomplished the one of most importance by winning the Rookie of the Year, but being the High Performer two years in a row is another achievement we are very proud of at Herzog Motorsports."
Nationwide Auction Systems, founded in 1978 and headquartered in the City of Industry, California, is the world's largest professional auctioning corporation specializing in governmental, utility surplus and private industry. Nationwide's auction commodities include, but are not limited to, automobiles, light, medium and heavy duty trucks, construction equipment, aircraft, boats, precious metals, scrap metal, entire business liquidations, commercial and residential real estate, vacant land, industrial plant equipment, electronics and jewelry.
Herzog Motorsports is a successful, championship-winning race team. Based in Los Angeles, California, St. Joseph, Missouri, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Herzog Motorsports fielded two teams on the 1999 ASA ACDelco Challenge Series.
Johnson and the #22 Nationwide Auction Systems Monte Carlo team will be at the ASA Awards Banquet held at the Opryland Hotel on December 11, 1999. Rick and the crew will collect their award as the top rookie team, as well as High Performers of the Year.