Bryan Hulbert – Mesquite, Texas (June 15, 2012) After drawing the lowest pill for his heat race, Wayne Johnson looked like a man possessed; redrawing into the second row and proceeding to wire the night’s 25 laps feature at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway.
“This is one of my favorite race tracks we ever get to come to and sure seems like we get rolling pretty good too every time we come down here” commented a very satisfied Wayne Johnson. “I seen on the restart I had Lasoski and Herrera behind me. I knew it wasn’t going to be a cakewalk and just didn’t want them to get a run and be able to slide me there in turn one. I think there were afraid to really try it ‘cause there wasn’t much to hold you on the top over there.”
Positioning the Oil Medics No. 77x on the bottom grove, a quick move to the inside line on the start of the night’s feature event would see Johnson leading the opening lap.
Utilizing a single file restart after a caution for debris on the track with twenty-four laps remaining, Johnson would find himself in heavy lapped traffic in a matter of no time with the Casey’s General Store No. 21 of Brian Brown in hot pursuit until a failed quick change gear sidelined the Grain Valley, Missouri driver on lap twelve.
Rolling back to green with thirteen remaining, Johnson led the MVT/Champion Brands No. 45x of Herrera and the Burch Motorsports/Wolf Weld Chassis No. 1m of Danny Lasoski with a pair of slower cars in the mix. Allowing Johnson to pull to a sizable advantage, the battle for the runner up spot would see Lasoski move into second before the red flag waved on lap eighteen for the No. 45 of Martin Edwards.
Taking the green for a pair of laps, the caution would fly for the final time as the T&L Foundry No. 11c of Matt Covington came to a stop after contact on the front straight.
Taking the green for the final five laps the Oil Medics No. 77x of Johnson would run away to a comfortable victory with Danny Lasoski holding onto second. Johnny Herrera would round out the podium. Jason Johnson would march from sixteenth to fourth with Aaron Reutzel earning the Pitstopusa.com Hard Charger of the night; advancing from twenty-second to fifth.
Brady Bacon, who started fourteenth, would take sixth with Danny Wood taking seventh. Racing out the B-Feature, Kolt Walker would move from nineteenth to eighth with Brad Loyet following suit by advancing from seventeenth to finish ninth with Gary Wright salvaging a tenth place run with the fuel cell going dry on the final lap.
Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV
Devil’s Bowl Speedway – Mesquite, Texas
Summer Nationals/Speedweek – Night #1
June 15, 2012
Car Count: 33
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 9-Gary Wright; 2. 21-Brian Brown; 3. 77x-Wayne Johnson; 4. 45K-Kolt Walker; 5. 41-Jason Johnson; 6. 74E-Claud Estes III; 7. 12w-Dale Wester; 8. 23-Seth Bergman; 9. 14b-Robert Byrom
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 19-Klint Angelette; 2. 1m-Danny Lasoski; 3. 81-Danny Wood; 4. 2-Dustin Morgan; 5. 11c-Matt Covington; 6. 87-Aaron Reutzel; 7. 10-George White; DNS 27-Andy Shouse
Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 5h-Logan Forler; 2. 18-Tony Bruce Jr; 3. 224-John Carney II; 4. 05-Brad Loyet; 5. 99-Brady Bacon; 6. 11s-Patrick Stasa; 7. 11-Justin Melton; 8. 17-Bruce Griffith Jr
Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 45-Martin Edwards; 2. 45x-Johnny Herrera; 3. 4x-Shawn Petersen; 4. 69-Larry Howery; 5. 74x-Joshua Hodges; 6. 3-Raven Culp; 7. 35-Barry Gifford; DNF 54-Evan Pardo
B Feature (12 Laps): 1. 05-Brad Loyet; 2. 11c-Matt Covington; 3. 45K-Kolt Walker; 4. 11s-Patrick Stasa; 5. 23-Seth Bergman; 6. 87-Aaron Reutzel; 7. 74E-Claud Estes III; 8. 11-Justin Melton; 9. 54-Evan Pardo; 10. 12w-Dale Wester; 11. 10-George White; 12. 35-Barry Gifford; 13. 14b-Robert Byrom; DNF 74x-Joshua Hodges; DNF 27-Andy Shouse; DNF 3-Raven Culp; DNS 17-Bruce Griffith Jr.
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 77x-Wayne Johnson; 2. 1m-Danny Lasoski; 3. 45x-Johnny Herrera; 4. 41-Jason Johnson; 5. 87-Aaron Reutzel; 6. 99-Brady Bacon; 7. 81-Danny Wood; 8. 45K-Kolt Walker; 9. 05-Brad Loyet; 10. 9-Gary Wright; 11. 23-Seth Bergman; 12. 2-Dustin Morgan; 13. 19-Klint Angelette; 14. 4x-Shawn Petersen; DNF 224-John Carney II; DNF 11c-Matt Covington; DNF 45-Martin Edwards; DNF 5h-Logan Forler; DNF 11s-Patrick Stasa; DNF 21-Brian Brown; DNF 18-Tony Bruce Jr; DNF 69-Larry HoweryLap Leader(s): Wayne Johnson 1-25
Lap Leader(s): Wayne Johnson (1-25)
Pitstopusa.com Hard Charger of the Night: Aaron Reutzel +17
FSR Radiator High Point Driver: Johnny Herrera
2012 Feature Winners: Brady Bacon-3, Jason Johnson-3, Wayne Johnson-3, Tony Bruce Jr.-2, Seth Bergman-1, Danny Lasoski-1, Jason Martin-1, Dustin Morgan-1, Danny Wood-1
Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV Points (top 10): 1. Wayne Johnson 2,102 2. Jason Johnson 2,086; 3. Brady Bacon 2,073; 4. Johnny Herrera 1,945; 5. Brad Loyet 1,896; 6. Tony Bruce Jr. 1,779; 7. Danny Wood 1,762; 8. Seth Bergman 1,694; 9. Dustin Morgan 1,596; 10. Gary Wright 1,520
2012 Lucas Oil ASCS Speedweek Points (top 10) 1. Wayne Johnson 150; 2. Danny Lasoski 142; 3. Johnny Herrera 135; 4. Jason Johnson 130; 5. Aaron Reutzel 125; 6. Brady Bacon 122; 7. Danny Wood 119; 8. Kolt Walker 116; 9. Brad Loyet 113; 10. Gary Wright 110
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