Johnson Claims Dick Trickle Memorial
OREGON, Wis. – Casey Johnson won his first-ever super late model feature at Madison Int’l Speedway by topping a field of 25 cars in the Dick Trickle Memorial 99 Sunday afternoon.
Jeff Storm and Gary Lamonte paced the 25 car field to the start of the Dick Trickle Memorial 99 with Lamonte vaulting to the lead before an incident between several cars on lap two brought out the caution flag. Only the car of Kevin Eggert headed to the pits with the others involved able to continue.
On the restart Lamonte chose to start on the outside of the front row and the move was a good one as he pulled ahead of Storm for the lead only to see the caution flag come out on lap later for a spin in turn four.
Lamonte continued to lead after the restart with Storm second while Nick Murgic and Dan Lensing were side by side for third with Jamie Wallace fifth. The third caution of the race occurred on lap 6 when the car of Bobby Wilberg lost power in turn four putting an early end to the multi-time track champion’s day.
Lamonte and Storm raced side by side for a couple of laps before another caution flag came out on lap 8 when Kelsey Bauer’s car was involved in an incident in turn two suffering damage to the front end. Bauer headed to the pits, attempted to come back, but was forced to call it a day.
Again it was Lamonte and Storm racing side by side with Storm gaining the advantage with Murgic third followed by Wallace and Casey Johnson. On lap 10 Johnson worked his way around Wallace for the fourth spot. Just ahead of Johnson, Murgic was making his way to the inside of Lamonte eventually taking second on lap 12. Johnson was able to take third from Lamonte on lap 16 while Matt Kocourek was up to join the mix in fifth as the top five started to distance themselves from the rest of the field.
Storm continued to pace the field as the race stayed green for an extended period of time. His lead was eight car lengths when the caution came out on lap 42 when Mikie Breiner’s car spun on the backstretch. Unfortunately, Storm needed to go into the pits due to mechanical issues moving Murgic up to the lead.
Murgic chose the inside for the restart with Johnson electing to start on the outside with Kocourek and Lamonte in the second row. Johnson raced side by side with Murgic for two laps before Johnson took the top spot for good on lap 46. He wasted no time putting some ground between himself and Murgic and had a ten car length lead by lap 54. The car on the move behind Johnson was Kocourek who moved up into second on lap 55 when he passed Murgic and started to dial in the leader.
Johnson was able to hold off Kocourek and had a six car length lead before the competition yellow came out on lap 73 for a ten minute break and setting up a 24 lap shootout. Rounding out the top five were Murgic, Lamonte, and Austin Luedtke.
When the cone was placed on the track for the restart, Johnson elected to start on the inside while Kocourek willingly accepted the opportunity to start on the outside. Murgic and Lamonte lined up in row two with Luedtke and Rich Bickle Jr. comprising row three.
Johnson grabbed the lead when the race went green with Murgic and Kocourek doing battle for second. The leader built up a six car length lead followed by Kocourek, Murgic, Lamonte, and Blake Brown.