Ricky Johnson Aims to Please at Hickory

SUSSEX, Wisc. - Ricky Johnson is enthusiastic about this weekend's event at the legendary Hickory Motor Speedway (HMS) in Hickory, N.C. Not only is the HMS event the closest race on the 2000 ASA ACDelco Series schedule to Johnson's home in...

SUSSEX, Wisc. - Ricky Johnson is enthusiastic about this weekend's event at the legendary Hickory Motor Speedway (HMS) in Hickory, N.C. Not only is the HMS event the closest race on the 2000 ASA ACDelco Series schedule to Johnson's home in nearby Mooresville, but he and the No. 22 Nationwide Auction Systems/WorldBestBuy.com team are optimistic about the possibility of picking up their first win.

"I'm looking forward to Hickory after winning the pole at Lanier," Johnson said. "Unfortunately, we had a bad finish, but the team and I feel our chances are good. With the strong heritage of Hickory Motor Speedway and the drivers they've produced, this would be a great place for my first win."

Johnson tested at the .363-mile oval back in February and developed a healthy respect for the famed short track. "The track is very challenging. It's rough and technical, which I like. It's going to pose the same problems as Lanier: A lot of cars on a small track. It will cause a situation for a lot of yellows, but that's short track racing."

Another reason Johnson is looking forward to this weekend's event is it's close to home. Hickory Motor Speedway is the closest race in the 2000 ASA schedule to Johnson's home in nearby Mooresville, North Carolina. "Hickory is only about 45 minutes away so I'm going to have quite a few friends coming to watch. A victory would be the perfect way to wrap up the weekend for everyone."

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.

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, California; St. Joseph, Missouri; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Herzog Motorsports fields two teams in the ASA ACDelco Series.

ASA's third race of the season, the "Jani-King 300," will start at 1 p.m. E.S.T. at the Hickory Motor Speedway. The live broadcast will be televised on TNN Sports.

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