GREENWOOD, NEBRASKA (September 20, 2014) – This racing deal is tough, and as the season progresses it certainly doesn’t get any easier. But that is what makes sprint car racing and the drivers, owners and sponsors involved so special. The day started off wet and soggy as the pits were filled with mud. But Mother Nature brought out the sun and made a beautiful day in Nebraska to cap off the weekend. After a strong second place run to kick off the Lucas Oil Midwest Fall Brawl III festivities at I-80 Speedway on Friday night, Jason and the Stenhouse Jr. Racing team were back at the track ready to put on a great show for the dedicated fans. Once again there were over 40 competitive cars in the pits, 44 to be exact, that wanted to take home the winner’s share of the purse on this night.
Having the advantage of being locked-in to the prestigious feature event with his Friday night results, Jason and the team went to work on the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/Fischer Body Shop Maxim as they watched the qualifying action unfold. The Ford engine under the hood provided the necessary power the previous night and the team was hoping for the same again on this night of high speed action. They were ready to go.
It was an exciting evening on this Saturday in early Fall in this part of the country. For race fans, they had some of the best drivers in the country vying for the Fall Brawl III title at I-80 Speedway. One of those drivers, Wayne Johnson, had a $50,000 bonus check awaiting him if he could repeat his winning ways after taking the win on Friday night in the opener. And, not too far away their beloved Nebraska Cornhuskers were playing the Miami Hurricanes in an old time rivalry at Tom Osborne Field at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska under the lights. What a great night of sports action in Nebraska! It does not get any better than that for sports fans.
After all of the qualifying action was completed, the field was set with the 24 cars and drivers who earned their way into the feature event. The fans were excited. Wayne Johnson was focused on winning the race and the Durst Motorplex/Hotrod Paintless Dent Repair Double Down Back-to-Back $50k Challenge. All the other drivers were ready to put on a great show for the packed grandstands ASCS National Tour style hoping to get the win. And, the Cajun Sensation was eager to get the CURB Records/K&N Filters #41 back out onto the racing surface and hammer the gas pedal from his fourth starting spot. Pole sitter, Dusty Zomer was in the 82x and seized the lead at the start. The green flag was quickly replaced by the red when Blake Hahn flipped. Zomer led but Wayne Johnson had surged from his sixth starting spot into third with Jason right behind. On the restart, the Johnsons, which are not related, would go at it with the one from Eunice, Louisiana getting the upper hand early. The two wheelmen would swap the runner-up spot multiple times putting on a terrific show throughout the early running of the event after a number of race stoppages under red flag conditions slowed the action. Wayne Johnson would eventually track down and pass Zomer for the lead on lap 24 and go on to take the win and roll in the winner’s dough. Danny Lasoski would charge home in the second spot, followed by Zomer and Jason aboard the the MVT Missile in the fourth spot. Clint Garner rounded out the top five.
It was a great weekend of racing for Jason and the Stenhouse Jr. Racing team. Congratulations to Wayne Johnson on his back-to-back weekend at the Fall Brawl III and for winning the $50k Challenge. Jason and the team will now focus their efforts on preparing for the two night Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour’s 4th Annual Jesse Hockett/Daniel McMillin Memorial event next weekend at the pristine Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri. Come out and catch up with Jason and the team as they look to capture the win.