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Silver Dollar Speedway

Chico, CA

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A Message From Chase:
My cousin Marcus Johnson and Dale Wondergem lost their lifes on March 16th. I can not tell you all how bad and how hurt I feel at this time. I am sorry. Marcus was more like a brother to me than a cousin. We would see each other at least 3 times a week if not more. He could put a smile on anyone's face and always showed his love with his wonderful hugs. He had a long promising future in racing and basketball. If he wasn't winning at the track he was winning on the court. He would come to support me at every race. The one thing he loved was to sit on the tire and help me get ready inside the race car, hand me my safety gear and tell me a couple words right before I went out on the track. And if anybody tried to take his job he would make sure it wasn't for long. I looked up to him as much as he looked up to me. I want to share a memory with you all. The last week Marcus, Hayden, Colby and myself where all at my grandmother's house playing and wrestling on the grass in the dark at 9pm. Marcus and I were always a team against the younger boys Hayden and Colby. After playing with the little guys it wore Marcus and I out. Marcus and I sat outside in two chairs. He looked at me and told me "Chase you better never grow up." I told him don't worry, I will never be to old to play with you, we looked at each other and smiled. I miss you so much Marcus. I love you so much little buddy. The other day I spent a day at the Wondergem's house to learn about Dale and his life. Dale had a huge heart for our sport. He would spend everyday at the track if he had the choice. His wife Jerry told me that on their wedding day that they got married at 2 and he was at the track by 4. The Wondergem family is one of the nicest caring families you will ever meet. Thank you everyone for all the prayers and support through these tough times. 
Rest in Peace Marcus and Dale.
 I'm so sorry and I love you.
Photo from March 16th before practice
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Johnson Recovering After Violent Nonwing Sprint Car Flip at Silver Dollar Speedway

Inside Line Promotions - CHICO, Calif. (Sept. 9, 2014) - Chase Johnson is healing quickly following a series of violent flips last Thursday at Silver Dollar Speedway.

Johnson, who was making his 410ci nonwing sprint car debut at the quarter-mile track for Shawn and Cindy Thomas during the CRA/USAC event, was sent to the hospital after crashing in turn one during hot laps.

"I was really looking forward to the nonwing event because I don't have much experience in that," he said. "Everything was feeling really good and the car was fast. I was starting to get comfortable in the car. Before I knew it we were gaining on another car. I went into turn one and the car bit right after I threw it in and got on the gas. I think it picked up the front tires and the left rear. It was all over from there.
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"Somebody told me I did four barrel rolls and four cartwheels. I was awake the whole time. As soon as I got out of the car and set down my vision was totally black."

Johnson lost his vision for approximately a half hour and after being checked out by the paramedics at the track, his family drove him to the hospital.

"On the way to the hospital I got my vision back and when I got to the hospital I could see people's faces," he said. "It was really weird. That was one of the scariest things."

Johnson also began to taste blood in his mouth during the drive to the hospital. Doctors ran CT scans and tests, which revealed that he had a slight tear in his esophagus.

He sat out the remainder of the weekend, including what was scheduled to be his World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series debut.

"I really want to thank Shawn and Cindy Thomas for the opportunity again," he said. "I was also really disappointed that I couldn't get my first World of Outlaws start. That time will have to wait."

Johnson has a doctors appointment this week to reevaluate his recovery. He said that will help determine when he can race again.

Last week had kicked off with a solid performance on Wednesday at Silver Dollar Speedway during the California Sprint Car Civil War Series event.

"We didn't get the greatest track for qualifying," he said. "When we did go out we put down good laps. We rebounded in the heat race though."

Johnson qualified 28th quickest before he charged from seventh to fourth place in his heat race to lock himself into main event.

"The main event was going really good," he said. "We were moving toward the front and all of a sudden we were in eighth or ninth. I was making the outside work. It was a really thin line on the cushion. Coming out of turn four it got the best of me. It grabbed the right rear and pulled the car over the cushion."

Johnson spun to bring out a caution just before the midpoint of the feature after charging from 18th into the top 10.

"It was a really bad time because right after that caution the track went rubber down and follow the leader," he said. "It was hard to make too much happen. We were stuck in the rubber following everyone."

Johnson restarted last and picked up a few positions in the second half of the race to finish 16th.


Sept. 3 - Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif. - Qualifying: 28; Heat race: 4 (7); Feature: 16 (18).


35 races, 1 win, 6 top fives, 13 top 10s, 20 top 15s, 27 top 20s








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 - Shifty Illusions

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"I can't thank Shifty Illusions enough for giving me a great looking helmet that is a tribute to Marcus Johnson and Dale Wondergem," Johnson said. "I'm really thankful for all that he's helped us with. Shifty Illusions isn't expensive and makes everything look great. He's very talented."

Johnson would also like to thank Newman Freeman Racing, Johnny Franklin's Mufflers,, Napa Auto Parts, 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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