(Bill W) April 11, 2012 – Wayne Johnson picked up his third win of the season, and his third career win at the Lonestar Speedway near Kilgore, Texas last Saturday night. The ASCS-Lone Star regional victor came aboard the Wayne Johnson Racing #77x. The team will hit South Texas with a pair of Lucas Oil ASCS National Series shows this weekend, before returning to their home base in Knoxville, Iowa.
Wayne started seventh in his heat and came home third. “We were coming on strong in the heat race,” he says. “The car was really good. We struggled to get by a few of those guys out there, but we did well enough to get ourselves in the redraw.”
The redraw saw the 2000 ASCS National champion start outside row two of the main event. “We struggled at first,” says Wayne. “I think we backed up to sixth right off the bat. The car just wasn’t driving very well.”
The track groove surprised the veteran. “The racetrack was kind of sandy, and it got black through the middle,” he says. “Once it got black, it was good through there. There was a big curb, but you couldn’t even run it, because it was better through the middle.”
A competitor showed Wayne that line, and he rode it to victory, after leader Matt Covington had spun, handing Wayne the lead on lap 15. “Martin Edwards passed me in the black,” he says. “The caution came out, and I saw where it was. I had been running the curb. When I started running through the black, I started pulling away. It wasn’t rubber down; the black just had more grip than anywhere else. It’s a track that is hard on tires.”
The win came in part due to some bad luck suffered by a pair of competitors. “We won the race, but we really weren’t very good,” says Wayne. “I missed the setup pretty bad. I really did. I really don’t think that we had the best car. I really think Sam (Hafertepe Jr.) had the best car. He got taken out up front. Then Covington had the lead and spun out. We had run him down, but we were really just in the right place at the right time.”
Back in 1993, Wayne scored at Lonestar Speedway with ASCS when it was a half-mile. “My very first ASCS win was at Kilgore,” he shares. “I don’t remember who was leading, but they came off of turn two and blew a tire. Going into three, Danny Wood blew a tire and I ended up winning it. When we took the white flag, I was third. So that worked out pretty good!”
This weekend, the Lucas Oil ASCS National Series heads to Golden Triangle Raceway Park near Beaumont, Texas on Friday, and to the Battlegrounds Speedway near Highlands on Saturday. Wayne picked up a win in Beaumont a few weeks back with the ASCS-Gulf South region. “I ran at Battleground a couple of years back,” he says. “I ran there in Joe Zierolf’s car and was running up front when we blew a power steering line. It was the first time I’d been there since they reconfigured the place. I’m just looking forward to keeping racing!”
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Wayne won on two occasions prior to Saturday at Lonestar Speedway. He won ASCS National shows there back on June 5, 1993 and on May 26, 2001.
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Attached: Wayne in Lonestar Victory Lane (Pushinthecushin.com Photo)