Awesome Johnson at Avalon In the fourth round of the World Series Sprintcar Championship at the Avalon Raceway in Victoria tonight Jason Johnson charging into fourth position while his Craft Disbury Racing team mate, Brad Heywood put in another...
Awesome Johnson at Avalon
In the fourth round of the World Series Sprintcar Championship at the Avalon Raceway in Victoria tonight Jason Johnson charging into fourth position while his Craft Disbury Racing team mate, Brad Heywood put in another good result to finish inside the top 10.
Johnson qualified eighth while Heywood was 15th after the all important time trials placing the duo of Aussiefast Transport/STP Sprintcars near the rear of their heat races.
The 27-year-old American crossed the line sixth in his opening heat race while his second 10-lap adventure turned sour when he came together with another car damaging his front axle and ending his race early.
Heywood crossed the line second in his opening heat race moving him up to inside the top 10 in points leading into the dashes. The 46-year-old held his own in the dash to cross the line in fifth, therefore starting in 10th position for the 30-kap A-Main event.
Following his disappointing second heat and some rapid repairs by the team Johnson was forced to make the transfer from the B-Main starting from the outside second row. He moved his machine all over the race track using the event as a test for the 30-lap A-Main event snaring the victory to transfer into the 13th starting spot.
During the opening laps of the A-Main Heywood made several spots to be well inside the top 10 as Johnson was making his charge towards the front of the pack. At the first caution period of the race on lap 8 both Eagle Chassis were placed inside the top 10.
On the ensuing restart Heywood pushed high exiting turn 2 Johnson grabbed the opportunity to move up a position and several laps later he used the high groove exiting turn 2 to move into fourth.
Johnson was certainly the driver making a presence felt using the high side to his advantage moving past lapped traffic to close in on the leading trio as Heywood was engaged in a closely fought battle for fifth through to tenth spots.
The second red light period of the race was on lap 13 when the crew chiefs Dave Ferrall and Paul Knott were able to fine tune their set up for the run to the flag. Johnson used all the track (and then some) in sensational style to hone in on a podium finish.
As the laps wore down Johnson battled with a loose setup costing him time exiting the turns and forcing him to settle for fourth. Heywood recovered from an engine misfire on the restart to clinch a seventh on the line.
Max Dumesny snared his second victory of the Championship ahead of Brooke Tatnell and Ian Lewis.
Johnson and Heywoods placings elevate them to third and ninth respectively in the Championship.
The next round of the Championship will be held at Avalon on Saturday December 13.