Johnson jags a bagful of points Jason Johnson entered the third round of the World Series Sprintcar Championship full of confidence and knew that he badly needed points towards the Championship after his disastrous opening round. Well the...
Johnson jags a bagful of points
Jason Johnson entered the third round of the World Series Sprintcar Championship full of confidence and knew that he badly needed points towards the Championship after his disastrous opening round.
Well the doctor delivered what was required for Johnson and the Craft Disbury Racing outfit tonight at a rain soaked Speedway City in South Australia.
After a rain delay of almost 2-hours qualifying was abandoned and racing was underway with the two rounds of heat races.
On a track that was still full of moisture the American Sensation set the track alight with a great outside pass for the lead exiting turn two in the opening heat race to follow it up with a charge from the back to fifth in his other.
Former World Series Sprintcar Champion, Brad Heywood continued his fine form throughout the heat races also clocking up a victory and in the process setting one of the fastest lap times of the night.
Following the heat races Johnson was the third highest pointscorer and started on the outside front row of dash number one to decide the inside row for the feature. While Heywood was sixth in points and after the top points man drew an inversion of 3 it put Heywood on the pole for the second dash.
Both team drivers finished second to occupy the second row of the 30-lap main event.
At the start Johnson got a good start to slot into second spot while Heywood's motor stumbled slightly off the start dropping him to sixth. Within a couple of laps Heywood elevated himself inside the top 5.
By mid race Johnson appeared to be pressuring the race leader and was gaining pace as the race continued before he began to endure power steering problems costing him time. Meanwhile Heywood was engaged in a titanic battle for fourth spot.
It was this battle that brought Heywood undone when he went for a move to take over the spot only to have the other car make contact with him and cause damage to the driveline and forcing him out of the event.
From the ensuing restart Johnson was still battling for the lead and comfortable in second however with 10 laps to go two of his plug leads came off dropping him to six cylinders for the remainder of the event. Although the win had all but disappeared he held on gallantly for second.
Brooke Tatnell won the round ahead of Johnson and Darren Jensen.
Johnson's second placing elevates him into fifth place in the Championship points with Heywood just outside the top 10 in 13th.
WHAT THE DRIVER'S SAID
""We made changes all throughout the night and the car was real good in the feature. I was looking forward to getting amongst the lapped traffic as I thought I had the better car in those situations but the power steering problem put paid to that.
It was kinda weird cause the power steering would work and then not work then eventually it gave up with just over half race distance to go. When the motor went down to 6 cylinders I just used all of my momentum to get around the track, it was a case of surviving for points.
The night was good as now the team has got some confidence back and we can concentrate on going forwards."
"The speed that the car continually shows is very promising. I just got caught in the wrong place at the wrong time in the feature.
Throughout the heat races I was comfortable in the car and when I started alongside Jason in the feature I was aiming for a good result for the team and our confidence.
Unfortunately when I tangled with Marchie it broke the driveline and that was all she wrote.
There is always next week and it is at a track where I have won before so there is no reason why I can't do it again!"