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PETALUMA, Calif. (Oct. 10, 2016) – Chase Johnson earned one of the biggest wins of his career last Saturday at Petaluma Speedway, where he captured the Adobe Cup at his home track.
Johnson, who was locked into the dash by virtue of a victory at the track earlier this season, led the distance to claim the $500-to-win dash and the $5,000-to-win main event. While Johnson led from flag to flag it was anything but an easy triumph.
“I felt like a sitting duck out front,” he said. “I didn’t really know where the track line was moving to, where the track was faster and where guys were catching me. A couple of guys popped their nose in underneath me, which led me down to the bottom to find more moisture in turns three and four. We made sure to go down there and made sure nobody could get around us.
“With how the track was down in turns one and two I was running up top on the cushion and it was pretty slick to the cushion. I knew I had to get a good restart each time so I wouldn’t get slid. The restarts were when someone would have their best shot at us. I did everything I could to have good restarts and get away from the field as best as we could getting into the first corner.”
Johnson outlasted a couple of close calls en route to the monumental victory.
The weekend began the previous night at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif., where Johnson drove for Shawn and Cyndi Thomas during the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series.
“We were super fast right out of the box,” he said. “We had a flat right rear in qualifying, but still managed to pull off a sixth-place run. That was a bummer because I felt like we were faster than sixth.”
Johnson was then leading a heat race when a mistake cost him the top spot.
“I got the early lead and ended up spinning out by myself,” he said. “It was 100 percent driver error. It was frustrating to knock ourselves back out of the dash.”
Johnson didn’t finish the heat race and he was relegated to the B Main, which he won to transfer into the main event. He then methodically maneuvered from his ninth starting spot into the runner-up position entering a restart with two laps remaining.
“We were getting faster and faster as the race went on,” he said. “We were up to second with two laps to go when I had a left front tire go flat. On the restart everyone went every which direction. Coming out of turn four we were about three wide. A guy got into my left rear tire.”
The night ended early as Johnson was unable to finish the race. He was credited with a 17th-place result.
“Both nights we were really strong and definitely fast,” he said. “Friday night we were a contender to win, but things didn’t play out in our favor. On Saturday everything played out in our favor. To come home with a win is something we’re really happy about.”
Johnson is scheduled to return to action this Saturday at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, Calif., with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series.
QUICK RESULTS –
Oct. 7 – Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif. – Qualifying: 6; Heat race: DNF (3); B Main: 1 (1); Feature: 17 (9).
Oct. 8 – Petaluma Speedway in Petaluma, Calif. – Dash: 1 (1); Feature: 1 (1).
SEASON STATS –
51 races, 3 wins, 12 top fives, 18 top 10s, 28 top 15s, 33 top 20s
UP NEXT –
Saturday at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, Calif., with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series
MEDIA LINKS –
Johnson has No. 68 t-shirts and sweatshirts as well as Chase Johnson shirts for sale at his race trailer at every race he competes in this season. T-shirts are $25 each and hoodies are $35 apiece.
SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – Newman Freeman Racing
During the 1976 auto racing season, actor Paul Newman became interested in forming a professional auto racing team and contacted Bill Freeman from Santa Barbara. Freeman is credited as the man who introduced Newman to professional auto racing management and their company specialized in Can-Am, Indy Cars and other high performance racing automobiles.
“The reason Paul Newman got into racing was because of a guy named Bill Freeman,” Johnson said. “Bill hasn’t really been involved in racing since Paul’s death so we really appreciate his support and partnership.”
Johnson would also like to thank Johnny Franklin’s Mufflers, PitStopUSA.com, Shifty Illusions, Napa Auto Parts, Flowmaster, Don’s Truck Repair, VSR, Oroville Cycle, I-Wear Graphix, Driven Raceway, Nor-Cal Transmission and Chevron Pro-Gas for their continued support.
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