ES: South Boston: Richard Johns preview

Johns, Freedom Is Not Free Dodge Ready For Battle In NASCAR Camping World East Division Clash At South Boston NASHVILLE, TN (May 27, 2008) -- Opened in 1957, the four-tenths-mile South Boston Speedway oval is one of the tightest the NASCAR ...

Johns, Freedom Is Not Free Dodge Ready For Battle In NASCAR Camping World East Division Clash At South Boston

NASHVILLE, TN (May 27, 2008) -- Opened in 1957, the four-tenths-mile South Boston Speedway oval is one of the tightest the NASCAR Camping World Series will race on this season. Featuring just 360-feet straights and only 12 degrees banking in the corners, 'SOBO' is not for the faint of heart according to Richard Johns, who will drive the No. 59 Freedom Is Not Free Dodge (left) in the Strutmasters.com 150 East Division race this Saturday.

"South Boston is a typical short track that has been around for a long time," said Johns. "It'sthe bullring you grew up racing on, a place you loved to race. You can use the apron or run on the flat of the track. If your car is good, you can run a little bit higher too. You have tight corners and short straights. There will be a lot of good, side by side racing."

According to Johns, South Bostonalsocan get a lot of people upsetbecause there is usually plenty of beating and banging.

"You have to know that you are going to have a little bit of contact with the other racers," said Johns. "You expect that at a place like South Boston. You know you are going to have some tight quarters racing. You're going to get some fenders beat in a little bit. That's not a big deal. It's when guys start running over you and sticking you in the fence -- that's when you have issues."

Johns had an up close and personal meeting with the fence in the most recent event on the tour - the U.S. Cellular 200 NASCAR Camping World Series race at Iowa Speedway -crashing his Sadler-Hamilton Racing NASCAR Camping World entry in qualifying for the race.

"I rolled off into Turn 1 on my qualifying lap and the car just never turned," said Johns, who was one of 58 entries vying to make the Iowa 44-car starting field. "The suspension traveled more than it had any other time throughout the weekend and the car just bottomed out hard. The steering was also bound up creating kind of a perfect storm. It just went straight, got up the track and into the wall."

The Iowa DNQ has changed the philosophy for Johns' Sadler-Hamilton Racing team, which had originally indicated a desire to run for the NASCAR Camping World East Division championship. Now, according to Johns, the focus for each event the team enters has been revised.

"We're really not looking at points anymore after missing the race at Iowa," said Johns. "We're going to run as many races as we can. We're looking to add marketing partners for the season and need more sposorship help. A win or a good, solid Top-5 finish is what we need at South Boston. That will be the goal in every race we compete in this season."

Johns will carry the Freedom Is Not Free banner into action in the Strutmasters.com 150 at South Boston Speedway in South Boston, VA on Saturday, May 31. The event will take the green flag at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time and will be telecast live on HDNet.

-credit: www.richardjohns.com.

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