Johnny Parsons III
Johnny Parsons III

Johnny Parsons III
Owatonna, MN

Johnny Parsons III in Victory Lane following win at CLS 9-10-11 Richert Memorial.


Parsons Races To Richert Memorial Win At CLS

Parsons Dominates TSCS Portion Of Richert Memorial At CLS
New Richmond, WI
By: Greg Parent, UMSS Media Director

For the first time in the eleven year history of the race, nonwinged sprint cars were part of the popular Jerry Richert Memorial event held at the Cedar Lake Speedway on Saturday September 10. Johnny Parsons III continued his winning ways in the upstart UMSS Traditional Sprint Car Series (TSCS) by winning his fifth feature race of the season. With several seasons of nonwinged sprint car racing experience when he lived in Indiana, Parsons has been one of the top performers in the new series. Once he took the lead from veteran racer Jack Clark on lap five, Parsons opened up a comfortable margin on his way to victory.

Fellow Reactor Racing teammate Tommy Kamrath topped the heat race with Rob Caho, Jr. second and Parsons third. Kamrath redrew the number six pill for the feature race invert. This put Clark and Jeff Pellersels on the front row with TSCS series point leader Kevin Bradwell and Parsons in the second row. Clark led the first four laps before Parsons blew by. The ensuing battle for the runner-up position became the race to watch, as Parsons steadily pulled away up front. Clark, Bradwell and Caho put a on an entertaining race for positions two through four for a good share of the remainder of the 15 lap Mora Motorworks feature race. Clark was able to hold on to the second spot through lap eleven with Bradwell and Caho trading the third spot behind him and challenging for the number two position at times. On lap 12, Caho and Bradwell split the Clark machine entering turn three with Bradwell gaining the second place position exiting turn four while Caho slipped under Clark for third. Bradwell and Caho continued their battle for second until the checkers waved. At the end of the nonstop race, it was Parsons, Bradwell, Caho, Clark and Kamrath in the top five with Pellersels and first-time participant and senior statesman Tom Porter completing the cars that were on hand.

With Tom Porter returning to the sport after a long absence, this gives the new series a total of ten different cars in the first year who have participated. A couple more cars are still under construction and may make an appearance before the season ends. "The amount of interest generated in this new series which features an affordable engine package has far exceeded initial expectations," stated Ron Bernhagen of the UMSS. The outlook is positive going in to 2012. Those interested in learning more about this exciting form of racing are encouraged to check out the rules on the UMSS website at and click on the blue nonwinged logo for the TSCS portion of the site or they can call Ron Bernhagen at 612-363-5302 to obtain further details.

The TSCS sprint cars are scheduled to race at least three more times before the season concludes. On Friday and Saturday September 16-17 at the St. Croix Valley Raceway, the TSCS sprints will run a double-header program as part of the "Final Showdown" event. The Saturday night feature will pay $200 to win and $100 for second courtesy of GRP Motorsports. The TSCS sprints will also be part of the race program at Kasson, MN on Saturday October 8. More details on the purse for that night will be available soon. Stay tuned for additional information, as the series is working to possibly add another date.

UMSS TSCS Race Results - September 10, 2011 (Race #12) Richert Memorial Heat Race (8 laps): Tommy Kamrath, Maplewood MN; Rob Caho Jr, Wyoming MN; Johnny Parsons III, Owatonna MN; Kevin Bradwell, Luck WI; Jeff Pellersels, Woodury MN; Jack Clark, Knapp WI; Tom Porter, Blaine MN.

Mora Motorworks Feature (15 laps): Parsons #22, Bradwell #95, Caho #78, Clark #41s, Kamrath #32, Pellersels #1, Porter #53 DNF.

Lap Leaders: Clark 1-4, Parsons 5-15.
No Cautions.

Article Credit: Greg Parent, UMSS Media Director

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