It’s Johnson In Central Missouri Modified Go
WARRENSBURG, Mo. – Summer officially arrived and as expected the heat index and humidity levels soared through the roof on a hot June night of racing at Central Missouri Speedway for Budweiser race night, with Justin Johnson claiming the Modified finale for the evening.
The race went green with modified class point leader Jim Moody having troubles in turn one to draw a restart on the field. Once the race officially began, Johnson took command with Gunner Martin in hot pursuit. Danny Scrogham ran strong all throughout the night and appeared to be on his way to a podium finish until his night ended in a huge plume of smoke off of turn two and ultimately in the hot pit lane, where a fire broke out. Track official Troy Walls quickly had things under control with the flames as they were extinguished while the race continued under green flag conditions.
The yellow flag eventually waved while Curt Rackers and Brian Johnson both experienced troubles with Rackers unable to continue. Brian Johnson’s crew tended to their driver in the hot-pit lane and he was able to resume the race only to fall out a few laps later with continuing hard luck. Gunner Martin moved close to Justin Johnson upon the restart but Johnson was able to hold point at the front.
On lap eight, a multi-car incident took place in between turns one and two as Bray’s car went sideways and several drivers having to check-up to avoid contact. Despite a very hard hit by Steve Twenter into Jason Bodenhamer, both drivers were okay but there nights both came to an end as a result of the incident. Dean Wille was also involved and unable to continue as was Richard Layne.
At the next restart, Johnson began to pull away from all pursuers as Terry Schultz rocketed from just inside the top 10 all the way to third within two laps after the restart using the high side for all it was worth. Schultz is always exciting on the high side and seems to make the outside work for him time and time again. Tim Karrick stayed in the mix in the closing laps as he and Shultz raced hard for the third position.
In the closing laps, Johnson continued his dominance as Martin, Karrick, and Schultz were unable to close in. When the checkers flew, Johnson claimed his first-ever win at CMS.
“This has been a long-time coming. We’ve been working really hard on the car and this feels great to finally get a win,” said Johnson.
Martin, who has been a model of consistency, wound up second with Karrick overtaking Schultz late in the event for third.
Other winners at CMS Saturday included Marc Carter (street stocks), Mark Billings (Mid-America Lightning Sprints), Troy Carlyle (B-Modifieds) and Bobby Raybourn (pure stocks).