Casey’s Classic In Rockford Go
LOVES PARK, Ill. — Short-track stock-car legends Dick Trickle, Larry Detjens and Joe Shear are among the former winners of the annual Spring Classic at Rockford Speedway, which saw young Casey Johnson etch his name into the record books as he won the BRP Big 8 Series Spring Classic 58 Sunday.
Graduating from high school less than a year ago, the young Wisconsin driver scored the biggest victory of his career after apparent winner Jon Reynolds, Jr. was disqualified during a post-race inspection for an illegal carburetor.
With Big 8 Series rules calling for double-file restarts, Johnson was the last driver to challenge Reynolds for the lead with five laps to go in the race.
Reynolds, who earlier in the day was the event’s fast qualifier at the high-banked quarter-mile paved oval, held of Johnson for the apparent win with Johnson finishing close behind, followed by James Swan, Jeremy Miller, Jeremy Lepak and Matt Berger.
“It was a solid day for us,” said Johnson, who was pleased with what he thought was a second- place finish. “We fought hard and tried to keep the car clean all day, and in the end, we did that. James (Swan) was really pushing us down the stretch, but we held him off.”
Casey Johnson, James Swan, Jeremy Miller, Jeremy Lepak, Matt Berger, Kyle Shear, Corey Jankowski, Jimmy Ganski, Mark Hartline, Tim Sargent, Wayne Freimund, Jake Finney, Tanner Whitten, Ed Szelagowski, Jr., Troy Rave, Bobby Wilberg, Jacob Vanoskey, Kyle Wolosek, Steve Dobbratz, Eddie May, Alex Papini, Michael Bilderback, Mike Lloyd, Jon Reynolds, Jr.