Johnson Claims Dick Trickle Memorial
Kocourek was able to distance himself from Murgic but was still five car lengths behind Johnson with 15 laps to go. However, with 12 laps to go the lead was down to 2.5 car lengths but Johnson was able to build his lead back to four lengths with nine to go. But Kocourek was not about to give up as he cut the lead to two car lengths with six laps to go when the caution flag came out when Thor Anderson spun coming out of turn two.
Johnson chose the inside for the restart, Kocourek the outside with Murgic and Lamonte in the second row.
Kocourek would give it his best shot to take the lead and things looked pretty good as he found his way to the inside of Johnson but was unable to get the lead. While coming out of turn two with four laps to go, Kocourek lost power when the ignition turned off forcing the caution flag to come out. It would end Kocourek’s hopes of picking up the win.
Johnson would continue to restart on the inside with Murgic lining up on the outside in row one followed by Lamonte and Bickle Jr. in the second row.
When the race went green, Johnson was able to maintain his lead but Murgic was going to have something to say about it. With two to go Murgic worked his way to the inside but was unable to find the room he needed to pass Johnson for the lead.
Murgic gave it one more shot on the final lap but was unable to get it done as Johnson held on for the win. Bickle Jr. finished third followed by Lamonte and Rick Corso.
“I did my best to give it away at the end, but this was just a great car today. The car was exactly where it needed to be, but the driver might have been a little shaky at the end,” said Johnson in victory lane.
“I am happy to finish this one out here today,” said runner-up Nick Murgic in a post race interview. “This is a good start here for us.”
Other winners at Madison Int’l Speedway on Sunday included Chester Ace (Midwest Trucks) and Aaron Moyer (Legends cars).