Ricky Johnson Hawkeye Downs review

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Ricky Johnson made his trip to Iowa a memorable one, as he collected his first win in the series, albeit a qualifying race, and captured a 12th place finish in the Iowa 250 on Saturday afternoon at Hawkeye Downs ...

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Ricky Johnson made his trip to Iowa a memorable one, as he collected his first win in the series, albeit a qualifying race, and captured a 12th place finish in the Iowa 250 on Saturday afternoon at Hawkeye Downs Speedway.

Johnson started the main event in 21st position, after capturing a win in Friday evening's 100-lap qualifying race. Johnson slowly progressed through the field and depended on his Nationwide Auction Systems/WorldBestBuy.com team to advance him further during scheduled pit stops. Johnson stayed out of trouble and brought the No. 22 Herzog Motorsports entry to its eighth top-15 finish of the 2000 ASA ACDelco Series season.

"This was the hardest I've ever worked for 12th place," Johnson said. "The Nationwide Auction Systems/WorldBestBuy.com Chevrolet was good, but we were struggling just a little bit on the set-up. The guys did a great job in the pits, as always, and we picked up a few positions there. We're keeping the consistency going and that will benefit us in the long run."

"Winning the qualifying race was a real confidence booster for myself and this team," Johnson continues. "We know this Herzog Motorsports team is capable of winning. We just need to show it on race day. It will come one of these days."

"Ricky ran a strong, consistent race," commented Randy Herzog, co-owner of the No. 22 team. "This team can say they have won, but we really need to go out and prove it by winning a main event. I'm sure this will get them pumped heading into the next couple races, where they're close to home."

Herzog Motorsports' ASA operation is based in Sussex, Wis., just outside of Milwaukee and about an hour away from the next ASA race at Madison International Speedway this Saturday. Lots of local fan support will be present to cheer for the No. 22 Nationwide Auction Systems/WorldBestBuy.com entry.

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 ACDelco Factory Motor Parts 300 takes place this Saturday night from the Madison International Speedway in Oregon, Wis. TNN Sports will broadcast the race live beginning at 9 p.m. EST.

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