Johnson Earns Eighth-Place Finish During Non-Wing Sprint Car Season Debut
Inside Line Promotions - BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (April 18, 2017) - Chase Johnson produced a top-10 result during his non-wing sprint car season debut last Saturday at Bakersfield Speedway.
Johnson, who was driving for Shawn and Cyndi Thomas, kicked off the USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series event by qualifying 12th quickest.
"We showed up with a completely new and untested shock package," he said. "We weren't too sure what to expect or how off or close we'd be. We ended up being pretty close. I felt like the first half of the night was me getting reacquainted with how the non-wing car felt. I think we got on our feet pretty fast."
Johnson placed fifth in a heat race, which locked him into the 12th starting position for the main event.
"We got up to sixth or seventh at one point in the feature," he said. "It was quite wild in the middle of the pack. There was a lot of racing going on and a lot of traffic. At times we were up to sixth or seventh and then fell back to 10th."
Johnson battled inside the top 10 throughout the feature before closing with an eighth-place finish.
"I feel like it was a good start for us, a good opening night to see where we're at," he said. "I think we were fast enough to enter into the top five. We'll get better the more laps we run."
Johnson said his next non-wing event is the first weekend in May. However, he and the team will compete next Saturday at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif., for the Peter Murphy Classic with the King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Sprint Car Series.
QUICK RESULTS -
April 15 - Bakersfield Speedway in Bakersfield, Calif. - Qualifying: 12; Heat race: 5 (3); Feature: 8 (12).
SEASON STATS -
12 races, 1 win, 3 top fives, 4 top 10s, 4 top 15s, 6 top 20s
UP NEXT -
Saturday at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif., for the Peter Murphy Classic with the King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Sprint Car Series
MEDIA LINKS -
Johnson has No. 68 t-shirts and sweatshirts as well as Chase Johnson shirts for sale at his race trailer at every race he competes in this season. T-shirts are $25 each and hoodies are $35 apiece.
SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Newman Freeman Racing
During the 1976 auto racing season, actor Paul Newman became interested in forming a professional auto racing team and contacted Bill Freeman from Santa Barbara. Freeman is credited as the man who introduced Newman to professional auto racing management and their company specialized in Can-Am, Indy Cars and other high performance racing automobiles.
"To represent such a historic and successful race team is a true honor," Johnson said. "With their great success in road course racing, I am proud to add to their list as they have expanded their visions into supporting my racing efforts. In honor of the late Paul Newman, Bill and I continue to race on in his honor while carrying the Newman Freeman Racing name."
Johnson would also like to thank Newman Freeman Racing, Johnny Franklin's Mufflers, PitStopUSA, Flowmaster, Woodland NAPA Auto Parts, VanLare Steering Repair, Wesmar Racing Engines, Bell Helmets, Champion Machine, Swift Metal Finishing, Shifty Illusions, Oroville Cycle and Chevron Pro-Gas for their continued support.
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