Johnson wins at Hilltop Speedway
Kenny Johnson has been dominant all season long in the AMRA Modified Class at the Legendary Hilltop Speedway.
Car owner Steve Curtis had been equally as dominant in the AMRA Super Late Model Division as driver Andy Bond had tasted victory four times this season before the two recently parted ways.
Friday night Johnson and Curtis joined forces and it didn’t take the combination long to find success as Johnson passed Bob Adams Jr. half way through the 25-lap feature event and led the rest of the way to claim his first late model feature win in several years.
“Steve (Curtis) needed a driver and called me up and asked me and I was honored to get the ride,” said Johnson, who is celebrating his 30th season in dirt track racing. “Andy (Bond) had great runs in this car all year long and they had it set up great and we just kind of powered through and took the lead and managed to hold on.”
Adams Jr., the veteran racer from Racine, made one last charge at Johnson with a handful of laps to go but made contact with the fence going into turn one relegating him to a fifth place finish.
Steve Weigle made a great recovery to claim second after being involved in an accident on the opening lap and having to go to the tail of the 16 -car field.
Jeremy Misel and rookie driver Jason Gillian placed third and fourth respectively.
Minutes after claiming the Super Late Model Feature, Johnson climbed behind the wheel of his No.1 AMRA modified looking for a clean sweep.
Johnson shared the front row of the modified feature with Roy Roush, a driver who claimed a whole bunch of feature wins a season ago but had yet to claim a feature win in 2014.
Roush managed to make a strong pass of Johnson on the opening lap and never looked back as he led every single lap of the 20-lap feature.
“Kenny’s a hard racer and you’ve got to run your heart out to beat him,” said Roush of the win.
“I wasn’t giving it up tonight for nothing and I thought this green thing’s going to victory lane one way or the other and I was able to put it there.”
Jeremy Blake also got around Johnson for second place while Marc Martin and Frank Roush rounded out the top five.
John Powell Jr. claimed the feature win in the Edge Hot-Mod division while Denzil Barker Jr. edged out Tom Adkins for the win in the four-cylinder division.
Racing will resume next Friday night at the Legendary Hilltop Speedway with a regular racing program on the slate.