Wayne tackled I-30 Speedway Saturday (Jimmy Jones – Jones Sports Media)
(Bill W) April 5, 2017 – The reconfiguration of I-30 Speedway near Little Rock, Arkansas has been popular with fans and drivers alike. Wayne Johnson checked in last Saturday night for some ASCS regional action, and thanks to a fellow competitor, found out turn three is back to being a launch spot. Fortunately, the Oklahoma City driver kept it on all fours, just like Bo Duke would. This weekend the Two-C Racing #2c team will be back in Lucas Oil ASCS National Series action at the dirt track at Texas Motor Speedway.
Wayne won his heat from inside row two on Saturday. “The car was really working well in the heat,” he says. “We were able to get the lead and kind of drove away from those boys.”
He would draw a starting spot for the feature inside row four. “We were able to get to fourth within a couple of laps,” says Wayne. “The car was good. I don’t know if we were good enough to win, but we felt pretty good. We were kind of waiting on traffic for an opportunity to pass. They’ve totally changed the shape of the track again. There’s tons of banking. It’s like it used to be years ago. The bottom was heavy in one and two, and I was tight down there. So I went to the top.”
A caution slowed the action. “There was a restart, and Zach Pringle had been running the bottom,” says Wayne. “I needed to get around him. I didn’t get the best of starts and (Spencer Bayston) got a run on me. I was on the top and he was on the bottom going down the backstretch. We were side by side. Almost at the end of the straightaway, he decided to make a right-hand turn and smoked into the side of me.”
That’s when Wayne did his Bo Duke impression as the #2c resembled the General Lee. “Of course, the bank is a lot steeper than it was, and we flew off the end of the track,” he says. “We were lucky not to destroy both of our cars. Luckily, we didn’t get upside down, but that ended our night. We didn’t want to go back out, start on the tail, and risk tearing something up.”
The team will be ready for Fort Worth. “We’re really looking forward to getting to TMS,” says Wayne. “We’ll get some practice in tomorrow night and see where we are for the weekend.”
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Photo: Wayne tackled I-30 Speedway Saturday (Jimmy Jones – Jones Sports Media)
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