From Bill W, image courtesy of Rob Kocak
October 20, 2010 – The much anticipated return of Wayne Johnson to the cockpit last weekend was a rousing success. Amongst a Lucas Oil ASCS National Series field of 50+ cars, he was able to drive his own #77x from 18th to 8th on night one, and finish fifth on night two at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas. He will have a weekend off before tackling I-30 Speedway and the Short Track Nationals next week.
Wayne had to make some adjustments as the weekend went on regarding the relationship between his healing foot and ankle and the accelerator. “Actually it went really well,” says the Knoxville, Iowa driver. “The Maxim drove beautiful, and the Fisher motor ran well. The biggest issue I had, wasn’t pushing the throttle or letting off, it was just a little bit of a problem working the pedal in the corners. The spring was pushing my foot up. We worked with that a bit, made some of the springs lighter, and made it a lot better the second night.”
The 2000 ASCS National champion drew outside of row three for his heat race, and would come home fourth in his first competition on the ½ mile. “I was a little rusty,” says Wayne. “I just didn’t charge the corner on the first lap like I needed to, and the Devil’s Bowl can get single file, especially early in the night.”
Wayne would recover by winning the B from row one, and driving from row nine into the top ten in the main event. “Confidence started getting better after winning the B main,” he says. “The foot started to feel more comfortable. To run 18th to 8th in the feature was great. I told the guys on the way down if we could come away with a couple of top tens I would be really happy, and we ended up doing better than that.”
The second night was set up well with a heat effort that saw Wayne drive from eighth to third in the heat race. “I told myself I might as well go home if I’m not going to charge the corner in the heat on Saturday,” he says. “That night, I charged in there hard. My confidence was better, because I knew the foot was going to be o.k., and I wasn’t going to put anyone else in danger.”
Starting outside of row four, Wayne ran a steady feature event to record a top five finish, a norm for him at the Devil’s Bowl. “I was able to get in a rhythm out there,” he says. “There were a couple times I could have done something different, but overall, it went well.”
How much pain did he feel? “The adrenaline took over really,” says Wayne. “I didn’t have a whole lot of pain. I wasn’t 100%. I would rank myself about 70%, but it was something to build on. I’m looking forward to Little Rock.”
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Jim Davis asks: What is your schedule for the rest of the year?
Wayne answers: We’ll be at Little Rock. I’m not sure yet what car we’ll be in. We’re going to run Charlotte (World Finals) with Miles (Hill), and take my car out West to Tucson and Vegas.
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Wayne’s Fast Facts
Wayne drove the Bobby Sparks #91 to the 1997 Short Track Nationals championship. He also won the prelim that year. In the finale, Steve Gennetten was second, ahead of Mike Ward, Pete Butler and Gary Wright.
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