Johnson Endures Sour Weekend, Including Mechanical Woes at Ocean Speedway
Inside Line Promotions - WATSONVILLE, Calif. (July 13, 2015) - Last weekend's busy schedule didn't pan out as planned for Chase Johnson, who was only able to compete on Friday at Ocean Speedway with the Civil War Sprint Car Series.
"Nothing really went as planned or as we hoped," he said.
"Miscommunication kept us from racing micro sprint events at Dixon Speedway on Wednesday and Delta Speedway on Thursday. Then we ran into more bad luck on Friday."
Johnson piloted his family owned sprint car to a 23rd-place qualifying effort, which lined him up sixth for a heat race at Ocean Speedway.
"That night was pretty wild," he said. "It started off good because we drew an early number for qualifying. The track was pretty wet early and we didn't get a good time. Then in the heat race we had problem after problem.
"It ran great the first three laps and then the throttle linkage came off. The throttle was getting stuck and going down to the floor. I had to pull it off the floor with my foot. I managed to roll around a couple of laps like that. We ended up having a caution and we went to the work area and got it fixed. I think we passed two cars after the restart and it happened again. I just hung on to finish the race."
Johnson placed sixth in a heat race, which relegated him to the seventh starting position in the B Main.
"In the B Main the car was absolutely perfect," he said. "Then I noticed we were slowly losing power. We were getting passed and I was scratching my head. It was getting slower and slower each lap. On the white flag lap coming down the backstretch the car just gave up and lost all of its power."
Johnson ended ninth in the consolation race. The team hopes to fix the damage and get back on the track by the end of this season.
The weekend was scheduled to wrap up on Saturday in a Shawn and Cyndi Thomas owned sprint car at Ocean Speedway with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series, but the team's primary engine wasn't available.
"The motor we hurt at Calistoga didn't get back together," he said. "It hurt the heads so that caused a little bit of a delay. We do have a new motor that will be in for Placerville this weekend."
Johnson is slated to compete this Saturday at Placerville Speedway in Placerville, Calif., with the King of the West.
QUICK RESULTS -
July 10 - Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif. - Qualifying: 23; Heat race: 6 (6); B Main: 9 (7).
SEASON STATS -
22 races, 0 wins, 1 top five, 3 top 10s, 6 top 15s, 9 top 20s
UP NEXT -
Saturday at Placerville Speedway in Placerville, Calif., with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series
MEDIA LINKS -
Johnson has new red, black or gray t-shirts and hoodies for sale at his race trailer at every race he competes in this season. T-shirts are $20 each and hoodies are $35 apiece.
SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Johnny Franklin's Mufflers
With California locations in Santa Rosa and San Rafael, Johnny Franklin's Mufflers has been a leader in the service industry for mufflers, drivelines and hitches for more than 50 years.
"My great grandpa started Johnny Franklin's Mufflers in 1961 and it has been in the family ever since," Johnson said. "My family and everyone at Johnny Franklin's Mufflers have supported me through my entire racing career and are my biggest fans. I couldn't be happier to represent such a great company."
Johnson would also like to thank Newman Freeman Racing, Napa Auto Parts, PitStopUSA.com, Shifty Illusions, Flowmaster, Don's Truck Repair, VSR, Fast Lube Plus, K&N Filters, Oroville Cycle, I-Wear Graphix, Driven Raceway, Nor-Cal Transmission, Justin Henry Racing and Chevron Pro-Gas for their continued support.
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