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R.J. JOHNSON SWEEPS USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT WEEKEND; CLAIMS LAS CRUCES LOOT

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Las Cruces, New Mexico………R.J. Johnson of Tempe, Arizona won his eighth USAC Southwest Sprint Car Championship points race of the year Saturday night at Southern New Mexico Speedway’s 2nd Annual “Joe Herrera Memorial” / “Border Tour.”
Johnson led all 30 laps in his Bill Michael-owned, Kodiak Products – Beal’s Auto Body/Sherman/Ford to take his seventh victory in the last eight series races (including special events) over Matt Rossi, Charles Davis, Jr., Dennis Gile and Matthew Cardenas.
Johnson now holds a 113-point lead over Charles Davis, Jr. in the latest standings heading into a Saturday, September 17 race at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Arizona.
USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS (co-sanctioned by NMMRA): September 3, 2016 – Las Cruces, New Mexico – Southern New Mexico Speedway – 2nd Annual “Joe Herrera Memorial” / “Border Tour”
FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Rick Ziehl (#20Z Ziehl), 2. Brian Hosford (#22B Weber), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 4. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 5. Michael Fanelli (#2 Fanelli), 6. JR Bonesteel (#0 Bonesteel), 7. David Dykes (#04 Dykes), 8. Ted Schlote (#29 Schlote). NT
SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 2. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 3. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 4. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 5. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 6. Nick Rael (#73 Rael), 7. Dillon Tanner (#11W West), 8. Caleb Saiz (#52NM Saiz). NT
THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 2. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 3. Randy Smith (#26 Smith), 4. Robert Marfia (#24 Marfia), 5. Matthew Cardenas (#7M Cardenas), 6. Bill Waltman (#09 Waltman), 7. David Burns (#37 Burns), 8. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile).
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Matt Rossi, 3. Charles Davis Jr., 4. Dennis Gile, 5. Matthew Cardenas, 6. Tye Mihocko, 7. Michael Fanelli, 8. Shon Deskins, 9. Dillon Tanner, 10. Brian Hosford, 11. Mike Martin, 12. Ted Schlote, 13. David Burns, 14. Chris Bonneau, 15. Robert Marfia, 16. Rick Ziehl, 17. JR Bonesteel, 18. Landon Cling, 19. Caleb Saiz, 20. David Dykes, 21. Bill Waltman, 22. Nick Rael, 23. Randy Smith, 24. Matt Lundy. NT
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**Saiz flipped durung the second heat.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Johnson.
HARD CHARGER: Dennis Gile (23rd to 4th)
NEW USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Johnson-1059, 2-Davis-952, 3-Rossi-864, 4-Martin-841, 5-Mihocko-707, 6-Gile-672, 7-Stevie Sussex-640, 8-Nick Aiuto-639, 9-Bonneau-551, 10-Hosford-549.
NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: September 17 – Queen Creek, AZ – Arizona Speedway