Ricky Johnson Jennerstown race report

JENNERSTOWN, Pa. - After a three and a half hour rain delay, the Pennsylvania 300 finally got underway for the ASA ACDelco Series. This is the second week in a row the series has been plagued by weather problems, but persistency pays...

JENNERSTOWN, Pa. - After a three and a half hour rain delay, the Pennsylvania 300 finally got underway for the ASA ACDelco Series. This is the second week in a row the series has been plagued by weather problems, but persistency pays off. Persistence also proved true for the Nationwide Auction Systems/WorldBestBuy.com team and driver Ricky Johnson. Johnson placed 10th in the 12th event of the 2000 season and racked up his fifth top-10 finish of the year.

Johnson battled a tight car for most of the race, but was able to move his way up into the top-10 at the finish. "Persistency, consistency and great pit stops took us from 22nd to 10th place," Johnson said. "At times, the Nationwide Auction Systems/WorldBestBuy.com Chevrolet Monte Carlo was good, but I struggled most of the day with the tight condition."

Johnson was able to lead a few laps in the late stages of the race, opting to stay on the track while the leaders pitted. "I would've liked to have finished in the top-5, but considering the toll taken on some of the top-10 points cars, we're pretty pleased," Johnson continued. "We definitely made some strides in the points chase."

"Ricky ran a good, solid race," said Randy Herzog, co-owner of the No. 22 Herzog Motorsports entry. "This team is determined to pick up that win, and the consistency they show each week proves it will happen. We head to Cedar Rapids where Ricky has some experience and we hope that pays off with a victory."

Johnson qualified his Vortec-powered machine in the 20th position, but due to ASA's new qualification method, Johnson was forced to run the 100-lap qualifying race. Johnson led most of the race, but spun out and lost two positions. He eventually finished second, where he started in the qualifying race, and secured the 22nd starting position in the feature event.

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.

Johnson and team head to Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids, Iowa this weekend. The Iowa 250 is set to begin at 3 p.m. EST and will be broadcast live on TNN Sports.

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