Route 66 Motor Speedway
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Johnson Again in NCRA Sport Mods in Amarillo
by David Smith, Jr.
AMARILLO, Texas -- Travis Johnson survived a late race charge from Robert Elliott to win his third feature in a row as the Bob Howard PDC and Mopar National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products southern sort modified division made their annual appearance to Route 66 Motor Speedway in Amarillo, Texas Saturday night.
Johnson and Bobby Carter started on the front row for the twenty-five lap feature and when drivers controlled themselves after three cautions caused aborted starts, Johnson took the lead when racing action finally got underway.
Kelly Pruett, Jeffery Kaup and Robert Elliott were your top five after lap one as Carter stayed glued to the leaders rear bumper. Elliott took over the fourth position from Kaup on lap seven and set his sights on the front runners.
By lap ten the top four cars began to distance themselves from the rest of the field as Johnson continued to hold off repeated challenges by Carter.
A caution on lap eleven bunched up the field and on the restart, Johnson throttled his #86j Carol's Racing Engines powered Big Chief Racing Chassis ahead of Carter once again while Elliott disposed of Pruett one lap later for third.
Seventeenth starting Chad McNamara began making his presence felt with ten laps to go as he moved into the fifth position and had the leaders in his sights.
Elliott, aboard the #21 Johnie Rauschenburg owned Fine Roofing sponsored machine, took over the runner up position from Carter on lap sixteen and set up a late race showdown between him and Johnson for the second night in a row.
The final caution of the night fell on lap eighteen when C&P Racing Supply rookie of the year contender Chris Lyons spun in turn four.
This brought a seven lap showdown and on the restart, Elliott stayed glued to Johnson’s rear bumper with both drivers starting to distance themselves from drivers behind him.
Elliott moved up to the middle groove, where he had moved to pass those for position earlier but just couldn’t make his way around Johnson. The veteran Clinton, Oklahoma driver tried one last time exiting turn four on the final lap but fell just two car lengths short as Johnson picked up his tour leading tenth victory in the series southern sport modified four year history.
McNamara moved into the third position with two laps to go and would finish there while Carter was the highest finishing local driver in fourth. Kaup came home with a solid fifth place finish.
The eight lap heat races for the forty car field were won by Pat McNabb, Kelly Pruett, Johnson, Kaup and Elliott. The twin “B” features were won by McNamara and G&P Racing Supply rookie contender Caleb Edwards.
The next event for the NCRA southern sport modifieds will be held next Saturday night, June 30, at 81 Speedway in Park City in an event that has been rained out the previous two scheduled events.
1st Heat: 1) Pat McNabb, 2) Bobby Carter, 3) Donny Raney, 4) Bobby McGehee, 5) Cleo Adams, 6) Roger Armston, 7) Cap Ivy, 8) Colton Wilkinson
2nd Heat: 1) Kelly Pruett, 2) JD Choate, 3) Joe Adams, 4) Clay Richsel, 5) Koty Kawalesoski, 6) Courtney McCartney, 7) Ross McCartney, 8) Jo Jo Paige
3rd Heat: 1) Travis Johnson, 2) Nathan Dodson, 3) Chad McNamara, 4) Chris Melton, 5) Brandon Brown, 6) Chris Lyons, 7) Kyle Choate, DNS) Brandon Smith
4th Heat: 1) Jeffery Kaup, 2) Todd Decker, 3) John Reid, 4) Caleb Edwards, 5) Dusty Ivy, 6) Dylan Reeves, 7) David Pearson, DNS) Alan Brewster
5th Heat: 1) Robert Elliott, 2) Humberto Rocha, 3) Bobby Slaughter, 4) Cole Brown, 5) Kevin Snow, 6) Landon Maddox, 7) Dustin Robinson, 8) James Dickson
1st B Feature: 1) Chad McNamara, 2) Chris Lyons, 3) Brandon Brown, 4) Jo Jo Paige, 5) Dustin Robinson 6) Koty Kawalesoski, 7) Kyle Choate, 8) Kevin Snow, 9) Cap Ivy, DQ) Dusty Ivy, DNS) Dylan Reeves, Brandon Smith
2ND B Feature: 1) Caleb Edwards, 2) Bobby McGehee, 3) Landon Maddox, 4) Cleo Adams, 5) Courtney McCartney, 6) Cale Brown, 7) Colton Wilkerson, 8) James Dickson, DQ) Kelly Pruitt, Ross McCartney, DNS: David Pearson, Alan Brewster
A Feature: 1) Travis Johnson, 2) Robert Elliott, 3) Chad McNamara, 4) Bobby Carter, 5) Jeffery Kaup 6) Todd Decker, 7) Roger Armston, 8) JD Choate, 9) Clay Bischel, 10) Joe Adams, 11) Caleb Edwards, 12) Cleo Adams, 13) Landon Maddox, 14) Bobby McGehee, 15) Bobby Slaughter, 16) Chris Lyons, 17) Brandon Brown, 18) Jo Jo Paige, 19) Chris Lyons, 20) Donny Rainey, 21) Chris Melton, 22) Humberto Rocha, 23) Pat McNabb, 24) John Reid