Wayne races with Tucker Doughty at RPM Speedway (Alan Messick/RPM Speedway Photo)
(Bill W) May 31, 2017 – Wayne Johnson and the Two-C Racing #2c team are finding speed at the right time of the year. Going back to some of the basics helped out with a fourth place showing with the ASCS Gulf South region at RPM Speedway in Crandall, Texas and a second place run at 81 Speedway near Wichita, Kansas with the NCRA. The Oklahoma City driver is looking forward to the Jackson Nationals at the Jackson Motorplex in Minnesota this Thursday through Saturday.
Wayne won his heat at RPM, qualifying for the feature redraw. You know how that went. “We’ve stumbled on to some things that seem to be working,” he says. “We drew the eight, of course. I passed (Sam) Hafertepe at one time. The caution took that back. I was on a roll. It was a weird racetrack, because when you got shuffled out, you lost a lot of ground. I had done that to Sam, but the caution came out.”
He continued his charge from eighth to fourth. “We really had a good car,” says Wayne. “At the end, I bet Sammy (Swindell) and I passed each other once or twice a lap for three or four laps. We ended up running up to fourth, so we felt good about the car. We were happy with that. We’re just doing some things we haven’t normally done, and it’s working.”
One of Wayne’s strongest tracks is the Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas. Saturday’s event there ended early. “The heats were kind of one-lane like usual there,” he says of finishing fourth. “We started eleventh in the feature and only made a couple of laps. We had a left rear shock that went bad. We were about to tip over, so we just had to pull off.”
The team rebounded Sunday in Wichita, winning their heat. “On the first start, the pole-sitter spun out,” says Wayne. “That moved us up to the front row. We won the heat race, but the points were messed up there. We had a couple of drivers start in front of us that shouldn’t have.”
Starting fifth in the feature, he would again move forward. “We were able to get to third and ran the bottom,” says Wayne. “Everyone else was running the top. I stayed down for two or three laps and it felt like it rubbered down up top. When I went to the top, Joe Wood Jr. drove by every one of us on the bottom. We all went back to the bottom and I was fifth or sixth. We were able to get back to second at the halfway point.”
From there he tried to chase down Wood, but settled for second. “I think we may have been better, but once he got in lapped cars, we just couldn’t get by him,” says Wayne. “I think we were better in clean air, but he was good. We ended up second.”
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Wayne had a good 2007 season at Knoxville in the 410 despite a limited number of starts. He only failed to finish in the top ten on two occasions. One was the Knoxville Nationals finale when he finished a respectable 11th, and the other was Knoxville’s Season Championship night when he was a DNF. His finishes chronologically were 7th, 10th, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 3rd (Nationals Prelim), 11th (Nationals finale), 3rd, and 20th. He should get a few more starts this season at Knoxville in the 410.
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Photo: Wayne races with Tucker Doughty at RPM Speedway (Alan Messick Photo)
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