Chicago Ricky Johnson post-race report

CICERO, Ill. - Ricky Johnson picked up 22 positions in the ASA ACDelco Series race at the new Chicago Motor Speedway to finish in 15th place after starting 37th in the USAMeats.com 200. Johnson quickly moved up from his starting position to run...

CICERO, Ill. - Ricky Johnson picked up 22 positions in the ASA ACDelco Series race at the new Chicago Motor Speedway to finish in 15th place after starting 37th in the USAMeats.com 200. Johnson quickly moved up from his starting position to run with the leaders and after some good pit strategy was able to move up to the top-10. Johnson lost a few positions on a restart to finish 15th.

"My team, Vortec engine and the Nationwide Auction Systems/WorldBestBuy.com Chevrolet Monte Carlo were all 100 percent, but I didn't feel I was completely focused," Johnson said. While the ASA Series had a few weeks off, Johnson decided to return to his off-road days and compete in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and the Nevada 2000. During his run in the Nevada race, Johnson flipped his truck four times and suffered a concussion.

"This is a series with some of the best drivers in the world and if you don't focus on it, you're going to get beat like I did today," Johnson continued. "I didn't feel like returning to the off-road stuff would hurt me, but I was wrong. I was off a couple percent and it showed."

"On one of the last restarts I didn't work my tires enough and I got passed by four cars," Johnson said. "That hurt us in the finishing order. I could run good laps by myself, but I just made too many mistakes in traffic. We have eight more races in a row and I am going to focus on getting this Herzog Motorsports Chevrolet into victory lane where it belongs."

"Ricky ran a consistent race and picked up a lot of positions," stated team co-owner Stan Herzog. "After starting so far back, you don't know what can happen with those people around you, but Ricky stayed out of trouble and did a good job to finish in 15th."

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

San Diego-based WorldBestBuy.com is a wholly owned division of International Brands, Inc., a publicly traded technology company with majority or partial interests in Internet, media, entertainment, e-commerce, and broadcasting enterprises.

Herzog Motorsports is a successful, championship-winning race team. Based in Los Angeles, Calif.; St. Joseph, Mo.; Charlotte, N.C.; and Milwaukee, Wis., Herzog Motorsports fields two teams in the ASA ACDelco Series.

The Nationwide Auction Systems/WorldBestBuy.com team heads to Salem (IN) Speedway on Saturday evening. The Tecumseh 300 will be broadcast live on TNN Sports and is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. CST.

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