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Johnson says 'Show me the checkers' at ATP

Wednesday, June 5, 2002

BENTON -- Wayne Johnson dominated all thirty-five laps at the Auto Tire and Parts Race Park. Jason Sides battled late in the race, but Johnson successfully held on till the end. Point leader, Tyler Walker was able to finish in a close third. Craig Keel finished fourth followed by local driver, Jerrod Hull.

Kurt Winker broke his bad luck streak when he finished fourth in the B-main, which allowed him to transfer on. Winker started dead last and charged his way through the pack to finish in the sixth spot. He was awarded the A-Main's KSE Hard Charger. Following Winker, Jim Moughan and Jeremy Campbell came in seventh and eighth. Rounding out the top ten went to Brandon Wimmer and Alex Shanks.

Bad luck tonight for Shane Stewart as he spun while running second and fought tire problems the rest of the race. He could not conquer the tire trouble and pulled off late in the race. Bob Bennett went out of the race with front-end problems, and Brian Carlson after winning the B-main stalled and pulled of the track. They both did not return.

Johnson picked up the $5,000 Show-Me State money with Sides adding $3,500 to his pocket for finishing second.

The Miller Lite Open-Wheel Modifieds and the Pure Street cars also shared the spotlight with the World of Outlaw Gumout cars with two familiar faces back in victory lane. Campbell racer Robert Powers notched his third win in seven days at the track. Pure Street racer Cline Myers Jr. scored his fifth win on the year, continuing his undefeated streak at the Auto Tire and Parts Racepark.

After winning the second heat race Powers started on the outside of the first row for the Miller Lite Modified main event. Powers quickly dispatch polesitter Danny Sissom to move into the lead by the end of the first lap.

On the fourth circuit Benton racer Terry Johnson moved around Terry Baker to take over the second position. Johnson began to pursue the leader and in the closing laps of the event moved in contention but couldn't make the pass.

Baker moved from his fifth starting spot up to second but fell back after the pass from Johnson and held off charges from Jeff Parmer and Chris Hall to finish third. Parmer and Hall maintained their positions across the finish line finishing fourth and fifth.

In Pure Street action Cline Myers Jr. looked as though he streak of four wins would come to an end. The Scott City driver could not move any higher through the field then second and would take the checkered flag in the third position.

After post race inspection Patrick Naeger first career feature win would be denied after the engine failed to meet specified vacuum numbers. The second place finisher of Matt Naeger would also fail inspection which moved the third finishing car of Myers Jr. to the top-podium finish.

Matt Naeger took the lead on the first lap and led almost the entire distance of the race before getting passed by Patrick on the final turn. The top-two cars of Naeger and Naeger battled fiercely with Myers Jr., Mike Burnett and Danny Hampton.

Hampton would move in to second after the race with Mike Burnett in third, Jason Mueller finishing fourth and Jeff Beeson sliding into the fifth position.

MALDEN -- Allan Rettig picked up his second straight Late Model victory at the Malden Speedway. Rettig took the lead on the 17th lap, diving low under Billy James in turn two as the pair encountered lapped traffic. Steve Rushin took third, followed by Todd Hall and Chris Moore in the top five.

A bad break for one is sometimes a good break for another. Robert Powers took the lead on lap 15 and held on for his first feature win of the year at Malden. Greg King had taken the lead from Powers on lap 8 and was building a cushion when his left rear tire came off coming down the front straight. Powers held off the strong challenge of Brad Buck and Claudie Cook the final 5 laps for the win. Larry Hull and Jeff Davis rounded out the top five.

Seven weeks of racing at the Malden Speedway have brought seven different feature winners in the Hobby Stock class. Claudie Cook grabbed the lead from the outside front row and led green to checker to top a 24 car field. Cook has now won features in Pure Street, Modified, and Hobby class in 2002. Anyone have a Cruiser or Late Model he could borrow for a little while? Steve Martin hounded Cook the final 13 laps after moving into second. Martin pulled even after a couple of restarts, but Cook was able to hold on. Jamie Robards, Daniel Bassett, and Zach Sentell rounded out the top five.

Nathan Rettig used the same diving low through turn two move his father had used about an hour earlier to grab the lead to open the Pure Street feature. Rettig opened a comfortable cushion and drove to his second feature win of the year. Jared Wagster had mechanical problems in the heat race and began at the rear of the 20 car feature. Wagster moved through the field and out dueled Dietrich Bollinger the final lap to grab second. Greg Sparks and Red Rice were forth and fifth.

Brown & Dunning picked up their second consecutive Cruiser feature in the Lucky-13 car. They pulled away from the field following a duel the first couple of laps with Dunlap & Faulk in the F50, before a spin ended that battle. Z71's Austin and Ham took second, with the F50 climbing back up to third.

Marlor & Busby grabbed the lead on the final lap to win the Cruiser Consolation.