Wednesdays with Wayne – Heading West!

Wayne Johnson won the 360 sprint car feature at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, IA on May 12, 2012. - Mermaid Racing Photos

By Bill W

July 11, 2012 – After a solid top five finish in Iowa and a flip in South Dakota, the Wayne Johnson Racing #77x team is headed west. Tonight, they will compete at the Electric City Speedway in Great Falls, Montana, before heading to the Willamette Speedway in Lebanon, Oregon Friday and Saturday.

Wayne started eighth and finished in a heat Friday night at the Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa. “We come up through there decent,” he says. “We passed Gary Wright at one time. There at the end, he got back by me on a restart. That took us out of the redraw and had us starting sixteenth.”

The track had been watered liberally for the Lucas Oil ASCS National Series visit. Wayne had a long ways to go from row eight. “It was rough, with a big curb on the cushion,” he says of the track. “Nobody was happy with it. Finally, it cleaned off and you could race a little. Everybody was running the top off the curb in one and two. We were good around the bottom. Down in three and four, they were having trouble running the curb, but we could.”

Wayne’s charge checkered with a fifth place finish. “We were coming up through there pretty well,” he says. “We were able to come up to fifth. It started laying rubber there late in the race. We may have been able to get a little further up.”

The series moved to the I-90 Speedway in Hartford, South Dakota on Saturday. Wayne struggled in his heat and failed to transfer out of the B due to motor issues. “Fifth wasn’t enough to get us in the show, so I had to run in the front of the B,” he says. “The thing just wasn’t running right. It wasn’t taking off. It started acting funny, and blew up with about a lap to go.”

The team went to work changing the power plant. “We changed motors and took a provisional,” says Wayne, who had to take his first of the year. “On the start, we got a good run on the high side. We were able to get around four cars and we were feeling good.”

That’s when disaster struck again. “We came off four, and I barely got into the fence,” says Wayne. “I knew I would be alright. I was kind of skating down the wall trying to get off of it. There was an opening under the flag stand, and the right front wheel dug in. I busted my ass!”

There wasn’t much left. “We took it apart and saved what we could,” says Wayne. “The trailer became kind of empty. We took a new car down for tonight at Great Falls, and we have another one sitting in Washington waiting for us. We weren’t planning on losing one though.”

Wayne still sits second in Lucas Oil ASCS National Series points heading into tonight.

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Wayne’s World

Aaron Jansen asks: Do you do much sight-seeing when you head west on these race trips?

Wayne says: We had a few days off on this trip, so we stopped at Mt. Rushmore. We had a guy from Australia, one from Washington and myself, who had never been there. That was pretty cool. We actually camped in Sturgis for a day and a half too and did a little sight-seeing. We’re busy now, so there isn’t much time for it.

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Wayne’s Fast Facts

Wayne was a winner last year on July 13 at the Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, Oregon with the ASCS-Northwest series. After starting third, he would take the lead quickly and never look back. Kyle Larson was second, ahead of Tim Crawley, Roger Crockett and Seth Bergman.

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