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Johnson's 22nd overall feature victory of the season was a lucrative one as well, as the "Ragin' Cajun" pocketed $16,500 in Saturday night winnings alone including the $15,000 winner's share along with a $1,000 bonus from Huggins Cams and another $500 for winning the Pack's Dash for Cash earlier in the night.
After locking himself into the Dash for Cash with a runner-up showing in Friday night's preliminary feature, Johnson earned the pole by winning the Dash from third and then led all the way in the feature event, lapping all the way up to sixth position in the process.
"This is just a great team, I can't say enough about how great a job everybody does and just how good this car works," Johnson commented of his victory aboard Lanny Row's Wesmar-powered The Shop Diesel Service No. 41 Eagle.
With the STN record 99-car field narrowed down to 21 starters for the $64,975 championship feature event, only two incidents slowed the fast-paced event.
first occurred after nine laps when Cody Gardner and Robbie Standridge
tangled in turn three, with Standridge getting upside
down. Under the ensuing red flag,
laps later, the race's second and final caution flew when
While Johnson led throughout, Kaeding kept him in his sights much of the way, staying within a few car-lengths aboard Donnie Cooper's Wesmar-powered Carry All Service No. 01 Maxim over the last half of the race.
made one last charge into turn one on the final lap, but tripped over the
cushion and flipped over the embankment.
Instead of a runner-up showing, the
advantage of Kaeding's last-lap miscue was
After swapping third with Darren Stewart a time or two, Brown secured the spot on the 35th circuit then picked up the runner-up position on the final round aboard Tim and Gina Doogs' Ostrich-powered American Compressed Steel/Ditzfield Transfer No. 21 Maxim.
Piloting Bobby Sparks' Ostrich-powered RESM Transport No. 91 Eagle, Stewart held down second position for the opening ten rounds before Kaeding battled past. Stewart briefly slipped back to fourth on the 22nd lap when Dale Howard raced by, but returned the favor a lap later.
Stewart ultimately crossed the stripe in the show position, with four-time Short Track Nationals champion Gary Wright charging from 12th to snare fourth in his final drive aboard the Wesmar-powered Southwest Express/The Shop/Richwood Construction No. 9 Maxim.
Saturday afternoon's preliminary feature winner, Sean McClelland, battled amongst the top eight throughout the race and picked off a pair of positions over the final six laps to round out the top five in Wade and Allisha Wisely's Wesmar-powered Oil Capital Transportation/Rush Truck Center No. 1 Maxim.
Tim Crawley was in the top-ten mix much of the way, surrendering sixth position when a faulty magneto cut his run short.
Defending STN winner Tim Montgomery pulled to the infield 13 laps into the race with a balky powerplant.
Dale Blaney, who locked himself into the STN finale with a runner-up showing in Saturday afternoon's prelim, dropped to the tail of the field at the start and exited with engine woes after taking the green flag.
Nine of the 21 starters made the cut for their first career STN finale, with McClelland faring the best by finishing fifth. Other first-timers included Kaeding, Justin Sturch, Travis Whitney, teen shoe Derek Hagar, Sweet, Standridge, Gardner and Blaney.
Mike Ward, Clint Garner, Jeff Mitrisin and Eric Lutz were then victorious in the last chance races.
After Johnson beat Stewart and Kaeding to the line in the Dash for Cash, Stenhouse, Standridge, Smith and Sweet won the qualifying races.
his heat race win, Jan Howard flipped in the second qualifier when
Jeff Mitrisin also flipped in the third qualifier, two laps after Travis Rilat spun while battling with Smith for the lead.
There were no injuries.
advancing from last chance race action to finish eleventh in Friday night's
preliminary feature, fifteen-year-old Channin Tankersley of
19th Annual Short Track Nationals Championship Finale Results:
Locked in from Preliminary Features: 01-Tim Kaeding, 1m-Sean McClelland, 41-Jason Johnson, 6b-Dale Blaney, 47-Dale Howard, 91-Darren Stewart.
Heat Races – Top 32 in Finishing/Passing Points to Four Qualifying Races; Balance of Field to Four Last Chance Races.
First Heat (10 Laps): 1. 20-Dusty Wasmund, 2. b4-Eric Baldaccini, 3. 8p-Zack Pringle, 4. 15s-Nick Smith, 5. 32m-Tim Montgomery, 6. 40a-Ernie Ainsworth, 7. 2mx-Ryan Marsch, 8. 41m-Scottie McDonald, 9. 12mt-Tommy Bryant, 10. 13F-Larry Pinegar II.
Second Heat (10 Laps): 1. 27-Travis Whitney, 2. 75h-Jesse Hockett, 3. 75y-Don Young, 4. 65-Skip Wilson, 5. 26E-Rafe Essary, 6. 33-Jon Corbin, 7. 4T-Justin Sturch, 8. R19-Scott Winters. DNS: 71T-Channin Tankersley, 28-Mitch Runge.
Third Heat (10 Laps): 1. 87-Tim Crawley, 2. 40R-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 3. 71R-Ryan Anderson, 4. 24w-Kenny Coke, 5. 35R-Ron Blair, 6. 71b-Robert Bell, 7. 4am-Travis Jenkins, 8. 12m-Greg Merritt, 9. 53d-Jack Dover, 10. 2d-Rodney Droud.
Fourth Heat (10 Laps): 1. 4x-Jan Howard, 2. 53x-Joe Beaver, 3. 35b-Brad Best, 4. 7m-Kevin Ramey, 5. 5k-Jerry Kamer, 6. 11F-Foster Landon, 7. 44a-A.J. Bruns, 8. 07h-Rob Hartman, 9. 15h-Sam Hafertepe, Jr. DNS: 32b-Justin Barger.
Fifth Heat (10 Laps): 1. 11p-Preston Peebles II, 2. 12x-Robbie Standridge, 3. X-Chuck Swenson, 4. k9-Jody Rosenboom, 5. 44R-Ronny Howard, 6. 5-Eric Lutz, 7. 59-Dex Eaton, 8. 12T-Joe Young, 9. 1*-Kent Buckley, 10. 00g-Ryan Grubaugh.
Sixth Heat (10 Laps): 1. 86e-Eric Schrock, 2. 7c-Chris Morgan, 3. 51-Lee Sowell, 4. 94T-Steven Tiner, 5. 44h-Donny Howard, 6. 74e-Claud Estes, 7. 21c-Joey Montgomery, 8. 2m-Bryce Vowan, 9. 42b-Nathan Brown.
Heat (10 Laps): 1. 77-Brad Sweet, 2.
Heat (10 Laps): 1. 1g-Cody Gardner, 2.
21R-Raymond Stull, 3. 3-A.G. Rains, 4. 40g-Clint Garner, 5. 15b-Brad Bowden, 6.
Ninth Heat (10 Laps): 1 10T-Terry Gray, 2. 9w-Gary Wright, 3. 45-Josh Howard, 4. 9JR-Derek Hagar, 5. 10J-Jeff Mitrisin, 6. 95-Jeff Day, 7. 11T-Tyler Thompson, 8. 99-Justin Melton, 9. 26m-Marshall Skinner.
Last Chance Races – Top 4 Finishers to tail of the Four Qualifying Races.
Last Chance Race (10 Laps): 1. 88-Mike
Ward, 2. 95-Jeff Day, 3. 44R-Ronny Howard, 4. 59-Dex Eaton, 5. 86b-Buster
Dickerson, 6. 13F-Larry Pinegar II, 7. 42b-Nathan
Brown, 8. 55-
Second Last Chance Race (10 Laps): 1. 40g-Clint Garner, 2. 26e-Rafe Essary, 3. 15b-Brad Bowden, 4. 21c-Joey Montgomery, 5. 74e-Claud Estes, 6. 33-Jon Corbin, 7. 41m-Scottie McDonald, 8. 12T-Joe Young, 9. 12mt-Tommy Bryant, 10. 2mx-Ryan Marsch, 11. 2d-Rodney Droud, 12. 38-Rick Pringle, 13. X-Chuck Swenson. DNS: 71T-Channin Tankersley.
Third Last Chance Race (10 Laps): 1. 10J-Jeff Mitrisin, 2. k9-Jody Rosenboom, 3. 9JR-Derek Hagar, 4. 21T-Kent Lewis, Jr., 5. 53d-Jack Dover, 6. 5k-Jerry Kamer, 7. R19-Scott Winters, 8. 71b-Robert Bell, 9. 4T-Justin Sturch, 10. 11T-Tyler Thompson, 11. 42s-Josh Baker, 12. 94b-Cody Branchcomb. DNS: 00g-Ryan Grubaugh.
Last Chance Race (10 Laps): 1. 5-Eric
Lutz, 2. 40a-Ernie Ainsworth, 3. 26m-Marshall Skinner, 4. 23-
Pack’s Dash for Cash (6 Laps – Starting position in parentheses): 1. 41-Jason Johnson (4), 2. 91-Darren Stewart (1), 3. 01-Tim Kaeding (3), 4. 47-Dale Howard (2), 5. 1m-Sean McClelland (6), 6. 6b-Dale Blaney (5).
Qualifier (12 Laps): 1. 40R-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 2. 21b-
Second Qualifier (12 Laps): 1. 12x-Robbie Standridge, 2. 10T-Terry Gray, 3. 21c-Joey Montgomery, 4. 3-A.G. Rains, 5. 27-Travis Whitney, 6. b4-Eric Baldaccini, 7. 40g-Clint Garner, 8. 15b-Brad Bowden, 9. 26E-Rafe Essary, 10. 4x-Jan Howard, 11. 51-Lee Sowell, 12. 51-Lee Sowell.
Third Qualifier (10 Laps): 1. 15s-Nick Smith, 2. 87-Tim Crawley, 3. 1g-Cody Gardner, 4. 9JR-Derek Hagar, 5. K9-Jody Rosenboom, 6. 20-Dusty Wasmund, 7. 21T-Kent Lewis, Jr., 8. 7m-Kevin Ramey, 9. 35b-Brad Best, 10. 10J-Jeff Mitrisin, 11. 29-Travis Rilat, 12. 8p-Zack Pringle.
Qualifier (10 Laps): 1. 77-Brad Sweet,
2. 32m-Tim Montgomery, 3. 75y-Don Young, 4. 21R-Raymond Stull, 5. 26m-Marshall
Skinner, 6. 7c-Chris Morgan, 7. 23-
Tenth row of “A” Feature comprised of top two point earners over the three programs of racing that haven’t already qualified: Jesse Hockett and Tim Montgomery.
19th Annual Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires Championship “A” Feature:
A Feature (40 Laps –
Starting position in parentheses): 1.
41J-Jason Johnson (1), 2. 21b-