Chicagoland’s Al Johnson Dies
JUSTICE, Ill. — For 18 straight racing seasons, Al Johnson was among the top 10 drivers in late-model stock-car competition at Chicagoland’s Santa Fe Speedway.
Johnson, 68, passed away Jan. 5 of an apparent heart attack at his home in Justice, Ill.
From 1971 through 1988, Johnson was ranked among the top 10 late-model drivers at the once-popular Chicago area dirt track.
Johnson was a two-time late model track champion at Santa Fe, winning the titles at the “track of clay” in 1981 and, again, in 1983. Johnson was also the speedway’s sportsman division titlist in 1962 after starting his Santa Fe career in 1960.
Johnson became the first driver in Santa Fe history to win both a sportsman and late-model stock-car championship.