by Andrew Schaller
JEFFERSON, WI (Saturday, July 14, 2012) As the lightning flashed beyond the turn three wall, Wisconsin’s Action Track came to life with 18 of the best Late Model pilots taking the green flag to begin the Fair Week 50 lap feature event. When the dust settled, Stoughton’s Casey Johnson sat in victory lane with a convincing win, his third such triumph of the season.
Bruce Lee and Tom Schuette made up row one at the start with Schuette moving out front on the first lap. Chris Quam followed around the outside of Lee to claim second on lap three and immediately begin to challenge the early leader. On lap four, with Quam underneath Schuette, the two drivers touched in turn four resulting in both spinning and bringing out the first of two cautions. Both were forced to the rear for the restart, handing the top spot over to Lee with Jerry Eckhardt riding second and Shaun Scheel in third. Johnson began his trek through the top five on lap eleven, getting past Doug Hahn for the fifth spot. Johnson moved around John Ovadal Jr for fourth on lap 17. Just as Johnson slipped by Scheel for third on lap 20, the second caution appeared when Dale Nottestad and Scott Lindsay got together down the back stretch. When racing resumed, Johnson quickly charged under Eckhardt, clearing for the position on lap 22 and setting his sights on Lee at the front of the pack. Johnson drew even with Lee on lap 23, clearing for the lead as they exited turn four. Johnson immediately began to pull away from the rest of the field on his way to the checkers for the win. Lee finished second followed by Eckhardt, Dylan Schuyler and Scheel.
This article was posted to the website on July 15th, 2012