(Bill W) June 12, 2013 – The feature last week at Kokomo Speedway in Indiana with the World of Outlaws was a crazy one. One of the entertaining drivers of the night was Wayne Johnson, who banged the turn two wall repeatedly in route to a sixth place finish. Forty-three cars ran with the WoO at both Kokomo and 34 Raceway near West Burlington, Iowa last week. This weekend, the WoO hits Jackson Speedway in Minnesota Friday, and two miles from Wayne’s home at Knoxville Raceway in Iowa Saturday.
With a little helping hand from mechanic, Rob Hart, Wayne was 13th quick at Kokomo and won his heat race from the pole a week ago. “We were really good in the heat race,” says Wayne. “We’re getting there. We’ve been racing a lot, but it just seems like we change so much every time we race. We haven’t really quite got a handle on it, but we’re getting closer.”
Starting tenth in the main event, Wayne would make steady progress forward to a sixth place finish. “I don’t know how many laps in a row I banged the wall,” he says. “We broke the Jacob’s ladder and everything, but we kept going and we were able to get sixth.”
All season, Wayne has been working to find a balance in the Wayne Johnson Racing #77x. “It was a good finish, but I don’t know how good we really were,” he says. “I’m still chasing some things with this car. Still, it’s probably as good as I’ve felt in the car all year. I want to thank Rob Hart for his help there.”
The WoO went on to West Burlington Friday. After qualifying 23rd and running sixth in his heat, Wayne suffered a DNF in the B while running in a transfer spot. “We were in a transfer there in the B, and lost a stop,” he says. “That’s too bad, because Burlington is a place we’ve won at, and we’d like to think we’re strong.”
Wayne has also previously won at the Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. The WoO was there on Saturday. “We didn’t qualify well (17th),” he says. “Then the feature rubbered up and no one was going anywhere (Wayne finished 16th). We’ve got some issues on the bigger tracks that we’re working on. I’m looking forward to Jackson and Knoxville this weekend.”
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Wayne won night #2 of the Jackson Nationals on August 15, 2008. After a series of incidents, Wayne was up to third by lap four after starting 18th. He eventually would get by Billy Alley to take the win. He was followed to the checkers by Jake Peters, Alley, Gregg Bakker and Travis Whitney.
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