Madison Ricky Johnson preview

SUSSEX, Wis. - Although Ricky Johnson captured the 1999 ASA Pat Schauer Memorial Rookie of the Year title, he will be a rookie again this weekend. Johnson is visiting the Madison International Speedway for the first time as the ASA Series ...

SUSSEX, Wis. - Although Ricky Johnson captured the 1999 ASA Pat Schauer Memorial Rookie of the Year title, he will be a rookie again this weekend. Johnson is visiting the Madison International Speedway for the first time as the ASA Series returns to the facility after a seven-year absence. Johnson will rely on the experience of Herzog Motorsports' two crew chiefs for the ACDelco Factory Motor Parts 300.

"I've never been to Madison International Speedway, but both crew chiefs, Paul (Christman) and Howie (Lettow), have a lot of experience there," said Johnson. Christman, Johnson's crew chief, and Lettow, teammate Mark Dismore's crew chief, are both natives of Wisconsin and have an extensive knowledge of the half-mile oval.

"I'm going into this race with a lot of confidence," Johnson continues. "The Nationwide Auction Systems/WorldBestBuy.com Chevrolet is a good car and I have the full support of my team, sponsors and owners. Even though we didn't finish as well as we would have liked in Cedar Rapids, we had a good run. We are gaining our momentum for the end of the season."

Johnson finished 12th last weekend at Hawkeye Downs Speedway, after capturing the qualifying race victory. Johnson was able to move up to ninth place in the points standings, just 160 points shy of fifth place.

Nationwide Auction Systems, founded in 1978 and headquartered in the City of Industry, Calif., 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.

San Diego-based WorldBestBuy.com is a wholly owned division of International Brands, Inc., a publicly traded technology company with majority or partial interests in Internet, media, entertainment, e-commerce, and broadcasting enterprises.

Herzog Motorsports is a successful, championship-winning race team. Based in Los Angeles, Calif.; St. Joseph, Mo.; Charlotte, N.C.; and Milwaukee, Wis., Herzog Motorsports fields two teams in the ASA ACDelco Series.

The 14th event on the 2000 ASA schedule takes place this Saturday evening at 8 p.m. CST from the Madison International Speedway. The ACDelco Factory Motor Parts 300 will be televised live on TNN Sports.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Mark Dismore , Ricky Johnson