By Bill W
November 21, 2012 – Wayne Johnson capped off a great 2012 season last Saturday night by conquering the $10,000 to win 45th Annual Western World at Canyon Speedway Park near Peoria, Arizona. The Knoxville, Iowa driver set up his win with a third place run in the prelim. He ended the season second in the Lucas Oil ASCS National Series point standings.
Things started well with a heat win on Friday from the pole. “We drew well on the front row,” says Wayne. “The racetrack wasn’t real good. There wasn’t much passing. That worked out for us.”
After starting and finishing third in his Qualifier, Wayne lined up fifth for Friday’s feature race. He would checker third. “We were pretty good there the first night,” he says. “We were riding around there. It was tough to pass. Brady (Bacon) was running the bottom, and I couldn’t run there at first. Then, about three laps to go, I started running the bottom. I pulled up on second, and I wasn’t behind him by much. We had a good car.”
Slated to start fifth in Saturday’s finale, Wayne kept an eye towards the track all night. “They reworked the track,” he says. “When the non-wing cars got out there, it started turning black all of a sudden. I went and put a harder tire on the left rear. It was used, but it had only been through one heat cycle.”
Wayne moved forward to third and kept an eye on leaders, Brady Bacon and Jason Johnson. “About 18 laps in, those guys really got to smoking their tires,” he says. “I was just really taking care of mine. I think it was lap 19 that I was a half-second better than those guys.”
It wouldn’t be long before the leaders’ rubber would yield and Wayne took command for the win. “Jason was leading and I could see under caution that he had cords showing,” he says. “I knew he was in trouble. They went two laps and he fell out. That put Brady in the lead, but then his tires were showing cord too. I knew I had to take care of mine. At the end, I’d say we had five or six laps left in ours.”
The prestigious Western World victory put Wayne at fifteen wins for 2012. “It’s been a really good year,” he says. “Winning fifteen races was the goal, and it was a successful season. We got that done. The only thing we didn’t get done was the championship, and we gave it the best shot we had.”
He remembers the year fondly as one of his best. “Between this and Lonestar (Lonestar Nationals), they paid $23,000,” says Wayne of the two wins. “Ten of them were National wins. We also won the 360 and 410 races at Knoxville and some regional shows. I don’t think I’ve ever won fifteen in a season. I think thirteen was the best year up to this one.”
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Wayne saved his biggest win of the season for last with the Western World. He won fourteen other races (chronologically) at: Beaumont, Texas, Waco, Texas, Kilgore, Texas, Beaumont, Texas, Salina, Oklahoma, Knoxville, Iowa x2, Mesquite, Texas, Lawton, Oklahoma, Lebanon, Oregon x2, Elma, Washington, Lawton, Oklahoma, Kilgore, Texas and Peoria, Arizona.
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