Wednesdays with Wayne – Pain in the Rear-ends!

Wayne Johnson under Jason Johnson. - Tim Aylwin Photo

By Bill W

May 22, 2013 – It proved to be a long night of racing for the Wayne Johnson Racing #77x team at Knoxville on Saturday night.  The team had to replace a pair of rear-ends during the night’s events and almost lost a third in the feature.  They’ll rebound with three races this week, starting tonight with the ASCS National series at Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Missouri.

Wayne Johnson under Jason Johnson. - Tim Aylwin Photo
Wayne Johnson under Jason Johnson. – Tim Aylwin Photo

The first issue with the rear-end was found in hot laps.  “We went out to hot lap and it shucked the inboard caliper off,” says Wayne.  “We didn’t have time to change rear-ends, so we just went out and qualified with no brakes.  That’s why I ran the top and we ended up 13th quick.”

The Knoxville, Iowa driver started outside row one of his heat, and was able to win it comfortably.  “We put a brand new rear-end in for the heat,” says Wayne.  “It was brand spanking new, and the last lap of the heat race, it kicked the inboard caliper off again.  We changed the rear-end again for the feature.”

The frustrated driver struggled with the handling of the car and finished where he started (12th) in the main event.  “We weren’t good,” says Wayne.  “I got home.  We got everything washed up and put back in the shop, and doing maintenance, it was about to throw another caliper off.  I don’t know what’s going on…if it’s a bent driveshaft or what.”

After just one race last weekend, things will get busier, starting tonight.  “We’re looking forward to going back to Valley Speedway tonight,” says Wayne.  “Then we’re going to I-80 Speedway (near Greenwood, Nebraska on Thursday) and back to Knoxville (Saturday).”

Next week, things will really get ramped up as Wayne goes on the road with the Outlaws for a month and a half.  “Things will be getting busy for us,” he says.  “We’ll be running with the Outlaws for a while, starting at Attica (Ohio on May 31) and continuing with them pretty much through the King’s Royal.”

Looking for a Mechanic

Wayne is looking for a full-time mechanic that is motivated and would relocate to Knoxville.  Wayne is running around a 70-race schedule.  You would not need a CDL, but would need experience driving a big truck and trailer.  Experience maintaining a sprint car is a must.  Salary depends on experience

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