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April 26
California Civil War Series

Petaluma Speedway
Petaluma, CA

Action Starts at 6pm

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 Earns Second Straight Top Five at Petaluma Speedway

Inside Line Promotions - PETALUMA, Calif. (April 21, 2014) - Chase Johnson got his wish last Saturday at Petaluma Speedway.

"The track went really, really dry, which is kind of unusual for Petaluma," he said. "From the beginning of this year I was hoping for a dry track there because it gets pretty fun."

Johnson qualified third quickest on the 3/8-mile oval, which lined him up on the inside of the second row for a heat race."The track went away quite a bit in the heat," he said. "It was follow the leader around the bottom."

Johnson finished where he started, which locked him into the feature and earned a spot in the feature redraw as one of the top six qualifiers who advanced. However, Johnson pulled the highest pill during the random draw to start on the outside of the third row for the 25-lap 

"The track actually started to build a cushion on the top in turns one and two," he said. "We were able to find and take advantage of that. We rolled up to the front pretty fast. I think we were sitting in fourth the first 10 laps. After that I made a few mistakes. I think I overdrove the car."

Johnson lost a trio of positions in the middle of the race to fall back to seventh place.

"Then ruts started to form coming out of turn four," he said. "When that started to happen we were too tight and kind of lost our speed."
Following a caution in the final five laps, Johnson regrouped and picked up a position on the restart. He then made a last-lap pass to secure his second straight fifth-place result.

"Most of the track was around the bottom," he said. "The only place you could pass up top was in turns one and two."
Johnson will return to Petaluma Speedway this Saturday for the Civil War Sprint Car Series event.

"I'm feeling confident going into this weekend's race because we've been there twice this year and we've got a heads up on how the track is going," he said. "I'm looking forward to advancing our top five to a win this weekend."

April 19 - Petaluma Speedway in Petaluma, Calif. - Qualifying: 3; Heat race: 3 (3); Feature: 5 (6).

8 races, 0 wins, 2 top fives, 3 top 10s, 3 top 15s, 6 top 20s

Saturday at Petaluma Speedway in Petaluma, Calif., with the Civil War Sprint Car Series


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 $15 each and hoodies are $30 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, Shifty Illusions, Flowmaster, Don's Truck Repair, VSR, Fast Lube Plus, K&N Filters, Oroville Cycle and I-Wear Graphix for their continued support.

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