Ricky Johnson has Nashville heartbreaker

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The BFGoodrich 300 was barely underway when Ricky Johnson, 1999 Pat Schauer Memorial Rookie-of-the Year, was involved in a major accident that totally destroyed two cars and involved 15 others. The incident on lap two ...

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The BFGoodrich 300 was barely underway when Ricky Johnson, 1999 Pat Schauer Memorial Rookie-of-the Year, was involved in a major accident that totally destroyed two cars and involved 15 others. The incident on lap two damaged the No. 22 Nationwide Auction Systems/WorldBestBuy.com Chevrolet Monte Carlo severely, but was able to complete some laps to pick up five positions after repairs.

Coming off turn two on lap two, Johnson got loose and into the side of competitor Butch Miller. The contact resulted in one of the worst wrecks the series has ever seen. The accident involved 17 cars and destroyed Miller and Dave Sensiba's cars, which both caught on fire. Johnson brought the No. 22 Herzog Motorsports entry behind the wall for repairs. After fixing the car, Johnson was able to go back out on the track to complete 15 more laps before the clutch broke ending his day and securing his first DNF in the series.

"A small mistake turned into a big accident," Johnson said. "I got loose in turn one and got into Butch (Miller), but I recovered. I got loose and into Butch again and that's when it turned into a disaster. I really feel bad for everyone involved. We definitely had the fastest car here, but I screwed up and it cost us. The Nationwide Auction Systems/WorldBestBuy.com team worked hard to get us back out there. We'll just go home and head into Louisville swinging."

"It's really disappointing for this team," co-owner Stan Herzog said following the race. "We had a really fast race car this weekend, but unfortunately we didn't get to show it. The No. 22 crew did a great job of hustling to get Ricky back out on the track. We'll just go on from here and get them at Louisville."

Qualifying was called off after constant rain fell upon the Nashville speedway. The starting line-up was determined by current points standings placing Johnson fifth on the starting grid. Johnson was disappointed with not being able to qualify after setting the fastest time in practice, but ASA officials gave way to Mother Nature.

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.

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, California; St. Joseph, Missouri; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Herzog Motorsports fields two teams in the 2000 ASA ACDelco Series.

The next stop on the ASA ACDelco Series is Louisville Motor Speedway on June 10. The ACDelco Service Specialist 300 is set to begin at 8 p.m. E.S.T.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Butch Miller , Ricky Johnson