Wednesdays with Wayne – Fall Brawl Awaits This Weekend!

Wayne Johnson. - T.J. Buffenbarger Photo

By Bill W
September 18, 2013 –

Wayne Johnson. - T.J. Buffenbarger Photo
Wayne Johnson. – T.J. Buffenbarger Photo

The Knoxville, Iowa driver was on the move in last weekend’s Canadian Sprint Car Nationals at the Ohsweken Speedway in Ontario before getting caught up in an accident.

The night before the Canadian Nationals was looking good before mechanical gremlins hit.  “We were really fast on Friday night,” says Wayne.  “We started in the back of the heat, and we got to the transfer spot (fourth) on the first lap.  At that point, the rear-end blew up.”

Wayne looked good in the test and tune held later in the evening.  “We fixed it and they had a hot lap session for us after the features were over,” he says.  “We ended up being quicker at that point, than either driver who won the features.”

Saturday’s Canadian Nationals saw competitors qualifying by their heat race.  “We were third quick in our group, and twelfth overall,” says Wayne.  “We weren’t very far off of the quick times at all.”

Starting fourth, Wayne finished second behind Shane Stewart in his heat race.  “I think I was a little better than he was, but there was really no place to pass him,” he says.  “They reworked the track and it was kind of heavy around the bottom.  I couldn’t do anything with him.”

Entering the main event, the team chose to set up the car to run where most others weren’t.  “We were set up to run the top,” says Wayne.  “The bottom was good, but it can be a freight train down there and hard to pass.  We were ripping it pretty good up there.”

The charge to the front was on, but it was derailed when a pair of competitors got together in front of Wayne.  “We were pulling up to pass second and third,” he says.  “They touched wheels, and one of them bounced in front of me.  I almost had it cleared but his left rear and my right front got together.  That knocked the front axle down and turned me into the infield.  I had no brakes or steering.  I thought I would coast into the infield, but the fifth, sixth or seventh place car never even lifted and drilled me.  That turned me over.”

With that disappointment behind him, Wayne has his eye on some big money in Nebraska this weekend.  “We’re planning on I-80 Speedway this weekend,” he says.  “The week after that we’ll be at the Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial.”

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Wayne’s World                                                       

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Wayne’s Fast Facts

Wayne topped 52 competitors at the DIRTcar Nationals on February 6, 2008 at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida.  On lap 20 of 25, he used a slingshot move to pass Danny Lasoski and Sam Hafertepe Jr. to take the win.  Hafertepe was second, ahead of Lasoski, Craig Dollansky and Donny Schatz.

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