Wayne Johnson Conquers Western World
PEORIA, Ariz. — Tire conservation made the difference as Wayne Johnson won the Lucas Oil ASCS sprint car portion of the 45th FVP Western World Championships presented by Sands Chevrolet Saturday night at Canyon Speedway Park.
Getting the jump on Jason Johnson from the pole, Brady Bacon pulled the Oil Field Equipment No. 99 to the race lead with J. Johnson in tow. Burning tires from the onset, the pair quickly distanced themselves with Bacon working into slower traffic.
Giving J. Johnson the opportunity for the pass, the narrow groove would allow Bacon to the advantage. At speed between a pair of slower cars, neither driver could gain an advantage until a bobble on the part of Brady Bacon sent the XXX Race Co. No. 99 out of the groove entering turn three, allowing Johnson to take the top spot on lap 23.
Slowing for a caution flag with seven to go that saw Logan Forler on the hook, the race resumed with Johnson leading three laps before his right-rear tire gave out. Brady Bacon reassumed the lead for a single lap before suffering a similar fate and in doing so handed the race lead to W. Johnson.
W. Johnson paced the field to a $10,000 victory ahead of the FVP No. 21 of Brian Brown. Making good use of the highline following the final restart, Tony Bruce Jr. ran to third with Kyle Hirst and 12th-starting Johnny Herrera making up the top five.
Wayne Johnson, Brian Brown, Tony Bruce Jr., Kyle Hirst, Johnny Herrera, Christopher Bell, Danny Lasoski, Jeff Swindell, Jayme Barnes, Gary Wright, Rico Abreu, Brady Bacon, Lucas Wolfe, Logan Forler, Justin Henderson, Henry VanDam, J.J. Hickle, Dustin Morgan, Donny Schatz, Jason Johnson, Seth Bergman, Joshua Hodges, Brad Loyet.