Johnson Blasts To Atomic Modified Victory
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio – Thirty one of the nation’s fastest modifieds took to the high banks of Atomic Speedway Thursday night, where five-time AMRA champion Kenny Johnson won his second feature in a row over defending AMRA champion Roy Roush in the 20-lap AMRA Advanced Services Modified main event.
The event kicked off the National Dirt Racing League’s Atomic Blast weekend at Atomic Speedway. NDRL late model drivers had a practice session between heat events and after the remainder of the Sport Mod and Street Stock programs.
Harley Martin claimed his third Sport Mod main after race-long battles with Emily Jordan and Ricky Neace. Jamie Adams claimed the Street Stock main.
The 20-lap modified main saw Johnson start on the outside pole and lead all 20-laps in daredevil fashion. Johnson half-tracked the field to lap 14 for only one of two cautions in the high-energy, action-packed event. Nathan Loney, the polesitter, led momentarily then settled into second place for much of the race until suffering a flat-tire on lap 18.
Roy Roush had dropped back to sixth place at one point and was there on lap 18 when a restart saw Roush blast into second at the finish. Dave Pinkerton who was shuffled back to eighth at the same point blasted back to fourth at the finish just behind Derrick Smith, who had a great race-long run.
Greggie Oliver charged from 17th to fifth to earn hard charger awards.
“I love this place and I love these fans. We had some type of problem tonight where I could only half throttle the car, but it allowed me to hook up and win, so I can’t complain,” Johnson said.