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SUSSEX, Wis. - After coming off a successful first year, where he won the 1999 Pat Schauer Memorial Rookie of the Year title, Ricky Johnson's sophomore season in the ASA ACDelco Series has been somewhat of a roller coaster ride. Heading...

SUSSEX, Wis. - After coming off a successful first year, where he won the 1999 Pat Schauer Memorial Rookie of the Year title, Ricky Johnson's sophomore season in the ASA ACDelco Series has been somewhat of a roller coaster ride. Heading into the Labor Day race at the Minnesota State Fair, Johnson and the No. 22 Nationwide Auction Systems/WorldBestBuy.com team are on a climb back up to the front.

"For a lot of reasons people hate it and that's why I like it," said Johnson, speaking of the track that has been a featured attraction on the ASA schedule, as well as to the fair goers, for several years. "Since they only hold a race there once a year, the track is very abrasive and loose. With the limited amount of practice we get, we'll prepare our race set-up since we don't have to worry about qualifying." The qualifying format for this year's race has been modified, with the top-20 in owner points following the race last weekend locked in and qualifying for positions 21 through 30 only.

"We finished sixth at the Minnesota State Fair last year," Johnson said. "It was one of our best finishes of the year. The Nationwide Auction Systems team was able to lead some laps around there and I hope we'll be able to lead that last lap this year."

Johnson finished seventh last weekend at The Milwaukee Mile, extending his streak of top-12 finishes to five in a row. Johnson was able to move up to eighth in the ASA Series points standings, 59 points behind seventh place.

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 annual Labor Day event at the Minnesota State Fair begins at 1:30 p.m. EST. TNN Sports will broadcast the Miller Lite 300 on a tape-delayed basis, starting at 3:00 p.m. EST.

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