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Rick Johnson Claims 8th, Rookie Title In Sight Cedar Rapids, IA - Rick Johnson ran a consistent race and recorded a strong 8th place finish at Hawkeye Downs Speedway and remains the top rookie in the 1999 Pat Schauer Memorial Rookie of the Year...

Rick Johnson Claims 8th, Rookie Title In Sight

Cedar Rapids, IA - Rick Johnson ran a consistent race and recorded a strong 8th place finish at Hawkeye Downs Speedway and remains the top rookie in the 1999 Pat Schauer Memorial Rookie of the Year Challenge in ASA. The #22 Nationwide Auction Systems Monte Carlo qualified in the 9th starting position. Johnson was involved in one minor spin, but rebounded to secure his 12th top 10 finish this season in the next to last event on the 1999 American Speed Association (ASA) ACDelco Challenge Series schedule.

The 8th-place finish earned Johnson 150 points, giving him 2,731 points for the season. Johnson maintains top rookie honors, with an 8th place positioning in the ASA ACDelco Challenge Series National Points standings. Johnson increased his lead in the 1999 ASA Pat Schauer Memorial Rookie-of-the-Year award and is now 149 points ahead of his nearest competitor. Going into the last event of the season, Johnson has to start the event at Orange County Speedway to claim the 1999 Rookie-of-the Year Title.

"The Nationwide Auction Systems car ran great. There were a lot of incidents out there and I'm glad we were able to steer clear of them. The rookie title is pretty much ours, but we still have to go to Orange County with our usual game plan, run up front and try to win," Rick said.

Herzog Motorsports co-owner, Stan Herzog, was delighted about Rick's finish. "Rick ran a superb race. He ran the Nationwide Auction Systems car up front and captured another top-10 finish. We have one race to go before we can claim Rookie of the Year honors, but we're very optimistic."

Nationwide Auction Systems, founded in 1978 and headquartered in the City of Industry, California, 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.

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 fields two teams on the 1999 ASA ACDelco Challenge Series.

The #22 Nationwide Auction Systems Chevrolet team has a week off before running the final event of the 1999 ASA ACDelco Challenge Series schedule on Saturday, October 2nd. The "North Carolina Sweet Potato 400" from Orange County Speedway will be telecast Live on TNN at 1 PM EST.

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