By Bill W
July 3, 2013 – The Wayne Johnson Racing #77x will be heading to Huset’s Speedway tonight and Dodge City Raceway Park over the weekend to compete with the World of Outlaws. But last weekend, he spent plenty of laps dodging the Outlaws themselves. He also got events in at the Jackson Speedway Folken Brothers Trucking Spring Nationals, where he finished second, and at Knoxville Raceway.
Things started a week ago at Jackson. Wayne drove to a second place finish in his heat behind Brian Brown from row two. “I thought we were a little better than Brown there in the heat,” he says. “He had the open track ahead of him, but we were fast.”
The finish qualified Wayne for the Dash, where he finished sixth. That’s where he would start in the main event. “We got a crappy start, and backed it up to eighth or ninth,” he says. “At one point, I about knocked the fence down. Finally, the driver got his head out. At the end there, I really thought if we had a caution, we may have had something for Brown.”
The run from sixth to second came on a racy track. “The track was a lot better than the Outlaw show, because you could run the top or the bottom,” says Wayne. “The top of two wasn’t good as usual, but overall the track was in great shape.”
Friday was spent with the Outlaws at LaSalle Speedway. After qualifying outside of the heat invert (18th), Wayne won the B main. “Looking back through our times in the B, they were better than most of the Dash cars,” he says. “The car felt really good.”
Unfortunately, another competitor ran over him in the feature coming out of turn four. The car was destroyed in a hard tumble that left the veteran sore. “The people in the stands could see what happened in the feature,” says Wayne. “At LaSalle and Cedar Lake…these guys are driving like idiots to be honest.”
It was back to Knoxville on Saturday. Wayne would run in the top five for much of the 410 feature before checkering seventh. “We’re still not 100% on the bigger tracks, but we’re getting there,” he says. “We’re learning every time out now. The driver is improving too. I got too free on the bottom towards the end of the race. I should have moved to the top. It looked like on video, the top was better.”
At Cedar Lake Speedway on Sunday night, Wayne timed in third with the WoO. A sixth place finish in the Dash started him outside row three in the feature. “The car felt a lot tighter than what I’m used to, but we qualified third, so we kept going with it,” he says. “The heat and the Dash went fine. We were running in the top ten, when the car crossed the infield on the (double-file) restart and slid in front of us. I about had to stop on that one.”
The incident shuffled him back towards the rear of the lead lap. He would checker 17th. “Some of these guys can afford to be wild darts out there, because they can just go back and build another car…sometimes in the work area,” says Wayne. “Our team doesn’t have that luxury.”
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