Memphis, TN - Sunday, in the Halloween running of the "Sam's Town 250" at Memphis Motorsports Park, Jimmie Johnson, driver of the ...
Memphis, TN - Sunday, in the Halloween running of the "Sam's Town 250" at Memphis Motorsports Park, Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #92 Herzog Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo on the NASCAR Busch Grand National Series, received a bag full of treats, rather than a bag full of tricks.
Friday afternoon, just as Johnson was starting his practice session, the throttle hung and Johnson slammed his #92 Monte Carlo into the wall. Johnson would walk away from the incident, but the Herzog Motorsports team had to roll out the back up. With a well prepared back up, the Herzog Motorsports team efforts proved to be remarkable as Johnson piloted the car to the 9th quickest qualifying time of the day Saturday afternoon. "We came here and practiced a few months ago and really learned a lot about this place. It also helps that I won the ASA race here back in June, so I have a lot more experience on this track than the others with none at all," Johnson explains.
From the beginning of the race, Johnson would be fighting a tight condition. During the first caution, Johnson would pit with the leaders to take on fresh tires, a tank of gas, and make a trackbar adjustment. While Johnson was continuing to move up through the field after losing a few spots in the pits, the tight condition continued.
After contact with another vehicle, Johnson came into the pits to the attention of the Herzog Motorsports team for a survey of damage. No damage was reported and the crew went to work on a routine pit stop, but also made the adjustment of taking a round of wedge out on both sides in the rear of the car to help cure the tight situation. This pit stop dropped Johnson to the end of the lead lap cars in 27th position.
Johnson would quickly move up, making his way all the way up to 12th place when another caution flew. All the leaders pitted, while Jimmie remained out on the track. This placed Johnson atop the leader board, where he remained for 22 laps. Johnson backslid a little after a bump from a competitor, but raced his way to an outstanding 12th place finish in just his 6th ever NASCAR Busch Grand National start.
"We finished the race in one piece and completed another mission. That was a goal of ours. I'm still learning these cars, the drivers, and the tracks and for this just to be our (Herzog Motorsports) 3rd race together, we're pulling off some major feats. This was a place I expected to run well at and with the great Herzog Motorsports team behind me I knew we could accomplish it," Johnson said.
Herzog Motorsports co-owner Stan Herzog was pleased with his team's 3rd performance of the year. "Jimmie had an excellent run out there. From the way the weekend started, things didn't look too good, but the team turned it around and pulled off a great finish. I'm really proud of these guys. At one point, it looked like we might be two for two at Memphis this year, but we'll take a 12th after all the wrecks we saw today and the competition level we race with."
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.
Herzog Motorsports returns to NASCAR Busch Grand National action this weekend at the Phoenix International Raceway. This will be the team's 4th performance this season. The "Outback Steakhouse 200" will be televised on TNN live beginning at 2:00PM EST.