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Chase Johnson Enjoys Successful Start to July With USAC Western States Midget Win and Top 10s in New Sprint Car Ride
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Inside Line Promotions – PLACERVILLE, Calif. (July 12, 2021) – Chase Johnson earned his third victory of the season last Friday during a USAC Western States midget event at Merced Speedway.
It marked his second triumph of the year with the series and first career with Josh Ford Motorsports.
“We were fast right out of the box,” he said. “We did a little bit of tweaking and we were able to be even faster. I felt great in the car.”
Johnson qualified second quickest before he advanced from sixth to third place in a heat race and from fifth to win the A Main.
“We got to a great position early on and then we were able to take the lead about a third of the way through the race,” he said. “I felt like we were in a strong position and I was comfortable. I just had to hit my marks and stay clear of traffic. It played out perfectly.”
The team then ventured to Placerville Speedway on Saturday. Johnson timed in fourth quickest and he placed fourth in a heat race before capping the night with a third-place showing in the main event.
“Placerville went well,” he said. “We weren’t as fast as we were in Merced, but we definitely had a great car. We were just lacking a tiny bit, but we were still one if not the fastest car there.
“In the main event we had a little bit of trouble with lapped cars and then had a little trouble with the engine taking off on the exit of the corner. But it was a good weekend, especially with a first and a third with those guys in my first time running a midget for them.”
Johnson enjoyed a strong start to the month of July by scoring a pair of stout results in 360ci winged sprint car action during his debut with MC Motorsports. He placed sixth at Stockton Dirt Track in Stockton, Calif., during a Sprint Car Challenge Tour event on July 3 before recording a runner-up result the following night at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif.
“We really meshed well together and had a strong weekend right out of the box,” he said. “I felt excellent in the car and I think the results show that with 360 winged sprint car stuff being so competitive in California. That was a pretty good weekend for our first weekend together.”
Johnson will be in the MC Motorsports sprint car this weekend, but the schedule is to be determined.
QUICK RESULTS –
July 9 – Merced Speedway in Merced, Calif. – Qualifying: 2; Heat race: 3 (6); Feature: 1 (5).
July 10 – Placerville Speedway in Placerville, Calif. – Qualifying: 4; Heat race: 4 (5); Feature: 3 (4).
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