Johnson Captures First Career King of the West-NARC Win at Home Track
Inside Line Promotions - PETALUMA, Calif. (June 20, 2017) - Chase Johnson scored one of the biggest wins of his career last Saturday at his home track, where he recorded his first career King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Series victory.
Johnson's triumph at Petaluma Speedway was also the first for his car owners Shawn and Cyndi Thomas.
"It was very big," Johnson said. "It was bigger because it was Shawn and Cyndi's first win. I'm happy to be a part of that. It's very deserved and made even cooler because it was a King of the West-NARC show because of how difficult those are to win. The level of competition is stellar. To do it in front of my hometown crowd, which was electric all night, and some of our sponsors was special."
The event started with Johnson qualifying sixth quickest.
"We didn't think we qualified that well," he said. "We were thinking we were going to be behind the eight ball and in trouble. The crew made quite a few changes to make us faster."
Johnson then finished where he started - third - in a heat race to lock into the dash. He redrew the No. 3 to start the dash on the inside of the second row.
"We were lucky to start third," he said. "We took full advantage and picked up a position to finish second and start the main event on the front row.
"We ran second up until Lap 15 or Lap 16 of the main event. We kept getting yellows when we'd get into traffic. It'd break my momentum because I was catching Bud (Kaeding) fast in traffic. I knew we had a better car in traffic. I saw an opening in traffic and I took it. He was slowing up for some cars ahead of him. I went for the slider in turns three and four and it stuck. I passed him and a lapped car."
Johnson took over the top spot around the midpoint of the main event.
"Once we took the lead he poked his nose in there a couple of times," he said. "I heard him once or twice, but it showed how fast our car was to hold him off."
The victory was Johnson's second straight win after he garnered his first career 410ci winged sprint car triumph the previous weekend.
Johnson has a handful of races on tap this weekend when he will compete on Friday at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif., and Saturday at Calistoga Speedway in Calistoga, Calif., with the King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Series. He will also race Saturday night with the Sprint Car Challenge Tour. The weekend will wrap up on Sunday at Petaluma Speedway.
QUICK RESULTS -
June 17 - Petaluma Speedway in Petaluma, Calif. - Qualifying: 6; Heat race: 3 (3); Dash: 2 (3); Feature: 1 (2).
SEASON STATS -
20 races, 3 wins, 8 top fives, 10 top 10s, 12 top 15s, 14 top 20s
UP NEXT -
Friday at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif., and Saturday at Calistoga Speedway in Calistoga, Calif., with the King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Series and the Sprint Car Challenge Tour and Sunday at Petaluma Speedway in Petaluma, Calif.
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.
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