Johnson Lands Big Paycheck At South Boston Speedway
SOUTH BOSTON, VA. - .Eddie Johnson will be laughing all the way to the bank come Monday morning.
Johnson, from Midlothian, Va., landed the biggest paycheck of his NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division racing career here Saturday, winning the 250-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car Division race that served as the co-feature race of the Mason-Dixon 500 racing program at South Boston Speedway.
The win, which was worth $10,0000, was Johnson's only win this season at South Boston Speedway. He finished fifth in the NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division points standings at South Boston Speedway this season.
Johnson wrestled the lead from South Boston Speedway 2009 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car Division champion Justin Johnson of Durham, N.C. on lap 210, one lap following the restart that ensued in the wake of the race's eighth caution period.
He built a lead of about a quarter of a lap, only to see it erased when 2009 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Champion Philip Morris of Ruckersville, Va. and David Quackenbush of Lorton, Va. spun in the first turn with 15 laps left in the race.
On that restart and the two that followed, the last of which came on lap 247, Johnson was able to get away from second-place runner Jonathan Cash of Oxford, N.C. At the end, Johnson edged Cash by .522 second.
Justin Johnson finished third with Tommy Lemons of Troy, N.C. finishing fourth and Deac McCaskill of Raleigh, N.C. rounding out the top five finishers.
Dane Rudolph of Danville, Va., Lee Pulliam of Semora, N.C., Morris, Ronald Hill of Rougemont, N.C. and Dustin Storm of Huntingtown, Md. completed the top ten.
The race featured six lead changes with six different drivers leading the race. Eddie Johnson led twice for a total of 61 laps, including the final 41 circuits.
Morris started on the outside pole and took the lead on the second lap from pole winner David Triplett Jr. of Timberlake, N.C. He led the next 128 laps before his car and the second-place car driven by Nick Smith of Hampton, Va. spun coming off of turn four and smacked the wall at the beginning of the frontstretch.
Morris, who led the most laps in the race, had worked his way back up to fifth place when he and Quackenbush spun on lap 235.
Eddie Johnson averaged 63.932 mph in winning the race, which took one hour, 34 minutes and nine seconds to complete. The race was slowed by 11 cautions and one red flag.