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Johnson Gets First At Finale for NEMA Lites

From NEMA
Waterford, CT – (October 5, 2013) — Kenny Johnson left no doubt about his first-ever Midget victory, dominating the 25-lap Northeastern Midget Association Lites feature Saturday night at Waterford Speedbowl’s Finale.

Starting sixth, Johnson took the lead from Paul Bigelow on the front stretch with 16 laps remaining and went on to a 1.4 seconds victory over Jake Stergios. Johnson needed less than six minutes (5.57) to cover the distance, grabbing fastest lap honors (13.964-96.68 mph) as well.

Bigelow, the only other leader, held on for third. Christian Briggs passed Avery Stoehr just a few feet in front of the checker to claim fourth.

Settling into third at the start, Johnson took second from Stoehr coming out of two with five gone. He battled Bigelow for two laps, some of side-by-side, before the winning move down the front stretch. He then ran away.

Coming from the 12 starting spot, Stergios passed Stoehr for third with 13 left and a lap later Bigelow for second but was a straightaway behind the leader. “I was hoping for a caution,” Stergios told the crowd. “That was the only way I was going to catch Kenny today.”

Carl Mederios and Danny Cugini, running first and second in points, finished sixth and seventh. The championship battle will go right to the final race next weekend at Lee USA Speedway’s Ocktoberfest.