Hickory; Ricky Johnson battles back

HICKORY, N.C. - In the third event of the 2000 ASA ACDelco Series schedule, Ricky Johnson battled back from a spin to place fifth in the "Jani-King 300" at the Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday. Johnson started the race 16th after struggling...

HICKORY, N.C. - In the third event of the 2000 ASA ACDelco Series schedule, Ricky Johnson battled back from a spin to place fifth in the "Jani-King 300" at the Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday.

Johnson started the race 16th after struggling in practice. Slowly, but surely, Johnson made his way up to the front, managing to avoid trouble. Pit stops would play a major factor of getting Johnson closer to the front. "The team never gave up," Johnson explained. "They had great pit stops and we gained positions every time."

Johnson encountered trouble mid-race when he got together with a competitor and spun down to the inside of turn one. There was no damage and Johnson continued, although he lost considerable track position. Johnson would pick up where he left off, mounting his charge back up to the front. With laps winding down, Johnson managed to work his way up to fifth and remain there until the checkered flag waved.

"The Nationwide Auction Systems/WorldBestBuy.com Chevrolet Monte Carlo was great," said Johnson. "I had Jimmie (Johnson, Herzog Motorsports BGN driver) working with Paul (Christman, crew chief) and together they made some good calls. We had one of the fastest cars on the track. I could work the outside lane to my advantage, so we managed to pick up some positions the hard way."

"All in all, we had a good day," Johnson recaps. "I'm proud of this Nationwide Auction Systems/WorldBestBuy.com team. We need to continue to collect these top-five's every weekend to bring home the championship."

"Ricky did a good job of mastering Hickory," said Randy Herzog, co-owner of Herzog Motorsports. "He managed to miss most of the wrecks and rebounded after he got involved in one of his own. We'll head to Montgomery with the momentum from this top-five and hopefully pull out our first win."

The ASA ACDelco Series takes a week off and returns Sunday, May 7 to make their inaugural visit to the Montgomery Motor Speedway in Montgomery, Alabama. "The Alabama 300" begins at 1:30 p.m. E.S.T. and is televised live on TNN Sports.

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