[media-credit name=”Position One Motorsports” align=”alignright” width=”225″][/media-credit]For those fans who have never visited your local short track for a night of excitement on a Saturday night. Let’s just say you don’t what you’re missing unless you take the time to support not only the track, but the drivers who race just as hard, and sometimes harder than your favorite Sprint Cup star.
Once again it was a wild night of racing race at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale, with six different divisions taking to the half and third mile asphalt paved tracks before an estimated crowd of 1,800 fans. The main event of the evening was the Lucas Oil Slick Mist Super Late Model 75-lap feature race. It has been a little over a month since Rod Johnson Jr., driver of the #03 King Taco/Sunrise Ford has climbed behind the wheel of his Super Late Model at this progressively banked half-mile.
Starting with the day’s first practice session, Johnson quickly found himself first on top of the leader board with a time of 18.219 seconds. Before the second session was about to begin, Johnson along with his team felt the car was set up to his liking, so they chose to skip the session and stay with what they had from the first time out.
Qualifying was equally successful for Johnson, when he placed the car on the pole with a time of 18.101 seconds. Not satisfied with this, Johnson bested his first lap performance with a time of 18.099 seconds while securing his fourth pole of the season. Because of the invert, Johnson would end up starting the race from the 13th position, but quickly made his way to the front after two separate red flag incidents stopped the race on the first lap.
Johnson restarted the race from the sixth position, and after 50 laps of green flag racing captured his fourth win of the season.
“Once we were able to get in a long run, we were able to pick off some cars and finally get to the #11 car and get passed him to bring home the win. I really have to thank the whole Position One Motorsports team. They worked their butts off all week and I have the honor of working with these guys and driving the car. A big thanks to my sponsors as well for supporting us and helping us make this a reality for us.”