(Bill W) August 21, 2013 – A two-night trip to Wilmot Speedway in Wisconsin resulted in a third place finish and another podium run wiped out with a three-car incident in the finale for Wayne Johnson. It was a track where he previously scored victory with the World of Outlaws Gumout Series. The Knoxville, Iowa driver will race around home this weekend, before he leaves to run in Ohio, New York and Canada the next few weeks.
Wayne would qualify tenth in Friday’s prelim, and started and finished third in his heat. “We weren’t the best in qualifying or the heat really,” he says. “We got a real slow start in the heat and got back out of a transfer position. We were able to get back up to third though.”
He would start outside row one in the feature. “We ran second the whole race really,” says Wayne. “(Bill) Balog got us in traffic there with a couple of laps to go. We made a mistake there, but our car wasn’t the best either. It was the same problem we’ve been having lately.”
Wayne would time in 8th quick in the finale. “It was slicker in qualifying on Saturday,” he says. “We had a pretty good run in the heat, and that set us up to start fourth in the feature.”
Wayne was cruising in the #14AJ early on. “We were riding around there, and we had a pretty decent car,” he says. “I thought we had a shot at winning the race. Bill Balog slid me a couple of times and we drove back by him. I was kind of waiting for my car to come in. I had a fuel load and I was too tight.”
Unfortunately, an incident occurred that couldn’t be avoided. “We were able to run the leader back down, and I peeled off to run the bottom,” says Wayne. “Second place spun out and I didn’t see them on top. He collected third and came down the hill and got me too.”
Wayne talked of his upcoming racing plans. “We’re going to run Knoxville Saturday. Next week, we’ll go to Attica (Ohio) and run the two-day show there. Then we have Wayne County on Sunday night. We’ll leave from there and go to Canada.”
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