Ragin Cajun Breaks Through At Avalon
LARA, Australia — American Jason Johnson became the third different winner in four nights to win a round of the 2012/2013 ENZED World Series Sprintcars Championship when he annexed the 35-lap feature at Avalon Raceway Lara Sunday night.
Johnson narrowly evaded the clutches of new series point leader James McFadden throughout the feature before a standing-room-only crowd that became very vocal after the checkered flag waved.
The GT Bobcat / HM Racing Maxim was on song all night and Johnson had clearly come to avenge his defeat at the hands of McFadden the night before in Mt. Gambier as the “Ragin Cajun” sizzled across the line.
“I tell you what it’s great to get a win here at Avalon, this place hasn’t always been the kindest to me in the past so it’s nice to get something positive from the experience here. It was great that they didn’t mess with the track and we got a racy surface to work with for the A-Main. I couldn’t be happier for the HM Racing guys who have been working their tails off all week to get us this result,” Johnson proclaimed.
James McFadden stalked his American arch rival throughout the race’s entirety after earlier winning the Vortex Race Products Pole Shootout and electing to start the Totally Workwear No. 25 COOL Chassis on the inside pole for the feature.
“Jason got a jump on me on the start and I couldn’t do anything to get back by him,” mused the defending WSS Champion, “you don’t get many chances to get by him if you’re waiting for a mistake.”
The crowd became very vocal when Johnson was presented the win; giving him a huge Bronx cheer and show their disappointment for some alleged infield passing of lapped cars.
“You never intentionally run up on the infield,” Johnson explained at the presentation as he responded to the crowd, “you never go out there with the place of making ground by doing that. James passed me on the bottom down there once and I got back by him. I wasn’t prepared to give back the lead, that’s all there is to it.”
Californian Tim Kaeding was delighted to secure his first podium finish for Krikke Motorsport claiming third place.
Avalon specialist Matthew Reed was on the money in the No. 92 Maxim running fourth, while David Murcott finished fifth.