Jason Johnson Powers to Highbanks Victory
Bryan Hulbert - Salina, Oklahoma (June 22, 2012) Jason Johnson was in the right place at the right time as the Law Office of Richard Strunks No. 41 sailed to his fifth Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV triumph of the 2012 season.
Drawing the pole of the night’s thirty lap feature event, Johnson would settle into second entering turn one as Johnny Herrera wheeled his MVT/Maxim No. 45x into the race lead before action was stopped for an accident on lap two after Brady Bacon spun in the middle of turns one and two; collecting the Lucas Oil No. 29 of Brandon Hahn.
Back underway, Johnson would go for the lead on the restart but Herrera would power back to the inside line and begin to pull away with Wayne Johnson and tenth starting Brian Brown closing in.
Utilizing a caution on lap four, the Casey’s General Store No. 21 of Brian Brown would take away the show position while Jason Johnson worked on taking the lead. Going for another slide job on Herrera, the MVT No. 41 would again be unsuccessful as the HAM Construction No. 45x bolted back to the point.
Keeping pace on the highline of the Salina Highbanks, Herrera would soon have to contend with slower traffic, allowing the slide job happy battle for second to close in.
Into the thick of slower traffic Herrera would have to abandon the cushion only a few times as the battle for the runner up spot continued between Johnson and Brown. Coming to the final six laps Herrera was smooth sailing as Johnson and Brown continued their battle with Brown taking the runner up spot for a pair of laps before Johnson raced back by.
With the white flag in sight, the No. 45x slowed suddenly. Pulling off the high groove, Herrera would limp around the bottom of the track with his engine imploding while Jason Johnson raced on to victory. Brian Brown would take second with Johnny Herrera taking third at the line on only four cylinders. Wayne Johnson settled for forth with Tony Bruce Jr. rounding out the top five.
Danny Lasoski would drive from ninth to take sixth with Gary Wright seventh. Brad Loyet was eighth with Zach Chappell charging from twentieth to ninth. Dustin Morgan would post a tenth place finish after starting eighteenth on the field.
Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV
Salina Highbanks Speedway - Salina, Oklahoma
June 22, 2012
Event Car Count: 37
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 29-Brandon Hahn; 2. 77x-Wayne Johnson; 3. 11c-Matt Covington; 4. 1-Sean McClelland; 5. 21-Brian Brown; 6. 50z-Zach Chappell; 7. 77-Colton Brewer; 8. 8-Alex Sewell; 9. 2w-Kenneth Walker; 10. 9$-Kyle Clark
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 99-Brady Bacon; 2. 03-Joe Wood Jr; 3. 5$-Danny Smith; 4. 5h-Logan Forler; 5. 14k-Kyle Bellm; 6. 2-Dustin Morgan; 7. 65L-Nicholas Lucito; 8. 35-Rick Wright Jr; 9. 57-Kyle Chady
Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 41-Jason Johnson; 2. 1m-Danny Lasoski; 3. 05-Brad Loyet; 4. 23-Seth Bergman; 5. 81-Danny Wood; 6. 87-Brian McClelland; 7. 36x-Jonathan Beason; DNF 36-Robert Sellers; DNF 85-Forrest Sutherland
Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 9-Gary Wright; 2. 45x-Johnny Herrera; 3. 18-Tony Bruce Jr; 4. 7-Michelle Decker; 5. 7s-Shane Sellers; 6. 81au-Gavin Punch; 7. 5-Joe Bob Lee; 8. 92-Waylon Weaver; 9. 27x-Jesse Frazier
B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 81-Danny Wood; 2. 2-Dustin Morgan; 3. 14k-Kyle Bellm; 4. 50z-Zach Chappell; 5. 81au-Gavin Punch; 6. 7-Michelle Decker; 7. 36x-Jonathan Beason; 8. 2w-Kenneth Walker; 9. 36-Robert Sellers; 10. 77-Colton Brewer; 11. 5-Joe Bob Lee; 12. 65L-Nicholas Lucito; 13. 7s-Shane Sellers; 14. 27x-Jesse Frazier; 15. 87-Brian McClelland; DNF 92-Waylon Weaver; DNF 35-Rick Wright Jr; DNF 8-Alex Sewell; DNF 9$-Kyle Clark; DNF 57-Kyle Chady; DNS 85-Forrest Sutherland - Top 6 to A-Feature
A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 41-Jason Johnson; 2. 21-Brian Brown; 3. 45x-Johnny Herrera; 4. 77x-Wayne Johnson; 5. 18-Tony Bruce Jr; 6. 1m-Danny Lasoski; 7. 9-Gary Wright; 8. 05-Brad Loyet; 9. 50z-Zach Chappell; 10. 2-Dustin Morgan; 11. 03-Joe Wood Jr; 12. 14k-Kyle Bellm; 13. 5h-Logan Forler; 14. 11c-Matt Covington; 15. 81-Danny Wood; 16. 1-Sean McClelland; 17. 5$-Danny Smith; 18. 81au-Gavin Punch; DNF 23-Seth Bergman; DNF 36-Robert Sellers; DNF 7-Michelle Decker; DNF 7s-Shane Sellers; DNF 99-Brady Bacon; DNF 29-Brandon Hahn
Lap Leader(s): Johnny Herrera (1-28), Jason Johnson (29-30)
Pitstopusa.com Hard Charger of the Night: Zach Chappell +11
FSR Radiator High Point Driver: Johnny Herrera
Provisional(s): Robert Sellers (promoter) Shane Sellers (promoter)
2012 Feature Winners: Jason Johnson-5, Brady Bacon-4, Wayne Johnson-3, Tony Bruce Jr.-2, Brian Brown-1, Seth Bergman-1, Danny Lasoski-1, Jason Martin-1, Dustin Morgan-1, Danny Wood-1
Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV Points (top 10): 1. Wayne Johnson 2,784 2. Jason Johnson 2,768; 3. Brady Bacon 2,667; 4. Johnny Herrera 2,550; 5. Brad Loyet 2,497; 6. Tony Bruce Jr. 2,388; 7. Danny Wood 2,284 8. Seth Bergman 2,236; 9. Dustin Morgan 2,120; 10. Gary Wright 2,055
The Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV is scheduled to compete 68 times in 15 states throughout the United States with divers competing for their share of a $250,000 point’s fund.
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Photo Credit: Jason Johnson Racing
Submitted By: Bryan Hulbert