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May 17, 2014
Johnson Captures First Chevy Super Series Win At Penton Raceway
by Roby Helm
PENTON, AL – Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, TN captured his first career Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series win on Saturday night at Penton Raceway driving the NeSmith Chevrolet Special. The National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Inductee passed Brian Ligon of Augusta, GA with four laps to go to take not only the victory, but also the point lead.
“He (Ligon) was running a higher groove than me, but I just couldn’t quite get under him coming off the corners,” Johnson said. “We were approaching some lapped cars that threw some loose dirt on the track, and he slipped the nose of his car up the track which gave just enough to get under him to take the lead.”
Johnson also said the win was special because he could add another track to his impressive win list of different race track across the country.
“I have started a list of tracks where I have won feature events at through my career, and now I can add Penton Raceway to that list,” Johnson said. “I’ve run a few races here over the years, but tonight was my first win here.”
Ligon would take the checkered flag in the second spot driving the Big Dog Disposal Special, but he was disqualified during the post-race technical inspection with a chemically altered tire. That moved J.R. Moseley of Columbus, GA up to the second spot in the ASA Performance Special in his first-ever Chevy Super Series start.
Tyler Crowder of Lamont, FL took the third spot in the Crowder Trucking Rocket and Jacob Grizzle of Blairsville, GA finished fourth in the Carolina Performance Special. Dingus Griffin of Ohatchee, AL was fifth in the Tommy Pope Construction Special and Josh Adkins of Talladega, AL drove the Yellow Hammer Construction Special to a sixth-place finish and was the Rookie of the Race.
Chase Edge of LaFayette, AL finished seventh in the Edge’s Gas Company Special and Matthew Turner of Dawsonville, GA took the eighth spot in the Hedman Husler Hedders Special. Tim Roszell of Anniston, AL was ninth in the Coosa Heating and Air Warrior, and David Brannon of Elora, TN rounded out the top ten in the Elora Gin Company Special.
Johnson left Penton Raceway as the new Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series point leader with 292 points and a 12-point advantage over Griffin and Crowder, who are tied for the second spot with 280 points apiece.
Ligon took the lead at the drop of the green flag followed by Moseley, Tim Busha of Boaz, AL in the Kilpatrick Racing GRT, Johnson and Dana Eiland of Salem, AL in the Andy’s Auto Parts Special. Johnson got under Busha coming off the fourth turn on lap three to take the third spot, and Ligon caught the cars on the tail of the lead lap by lap six.
The first of nine caution flags came out on lap seven for debris, and the field was slowed for second time when Mark Dowdy of Waterloo, AL spun the Action Track Chair.com Special in turn three on lap 12. Jadon Frame of Winchester, TN spun the Poultry Electric/Pro Hardware Special in turn four on the restart for the third caution flag.
Ligon had Moseley, Johnson, Jake Knowles of Tyrone, GA in the Cedartown Electric Rocket, Eiland, Busha, Grizzle, and Crowder doubled up behind him for the restart. Knowles got by Johnson when the field went back to green to take over the third spot. Frame spun in turn four on lap 16 to light up the caution bulb for the fourth time.
Knowles passed Moseley for second on the next restart, but the field was slowed for the fifth time when Busha cut down a left-rear tire on lap 22 while running sixth. The next restart saw Moseley power around the outside of Knowles to reclaim the second spot coming off the fourth turn. The caution was displayed for a multi-car tangle in turn two on lap 26 that slowed the field for a sixth time.
Ligon had Moseley, Knowles, Johnson, Eiland, Crowder, Grizzle, Griffin, Adkins and Edge doubled up behind him for the “Dixie Style” double-file restart. When the green flag came out, the field bunched up coming down the front straightaway, and Eiland spun out of the fifth spot to bring the caution flag back out.
While the field was under caution, Knowles dropped out of the race while running third. Eiland stalled on lap 27 to bring out the eighth caution flag, and a spin by Dowdy on lap 28 would light the caution bulb for the final time. The last 12 laps of the race were caution-free. As Johnson went to work for the $3,000 top prize.
Johnson got under Moseley for the second spot in turn two on lap 31, but by this time, Ligon was a half straightaway ahead of the Chattanooga Flash. As the leader encountered heavy lapped traffic, Johnson quickly caught Ligon by lap 36, and began to look inside to challenge for the lead.
With less than four laps to go, Ligon pushed up the banking of turn four, and that opened the door for Johnson to take the lead and pulled away to take just over a second margin of victory under the checkered flag.
In preliminary action, Ligon was the fast qualifier among the 25 entrants with a lap around the 3/8-miel clay oval in 13.844 seconds. The two ten-lap Qualifying Races were won by Griffin and Turner.
The next race for the Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series will be a 50-lap $3,000-to-win $300-to-start event on the high banks at Tazewell Speedway in Tazewell, TN on June 14.
For more information about the Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series visit the series web site at
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OFFICIAL RESULTS OF ROUND 3 AT PENTON RACEWAY IN PENTON, AL ON 5/17/14:
POS STRT CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN LAPS $ WON
1. 4 5 Ronnie Johnson Chattanooga, TN $3,000
2. 3 99 J.R. Moseley Columbus, GA $1,500
3. 6 47c Tyler Crowder Lamont, FL $1,000
4. 8 99g Jacob Grizzle Blairsville, GA $850
5. 9 49 Dingus Griffin Ohatchee, AL $750
6. 11 19m Josh Adkins (R) Talladega, AL $700
7. 14 18 Chase Edge (R) LaFayette, AL $650
8. 10 10 Matthew Turner Dawsonville, GA $600
9. 15 6 Tim Roszell Anniston, AL $550
10. 21 33 David Brannon Elora, TN $500
11. 18 110 Brent Barrett (R) Cleveland, MS $475
12. 19 17 Ronald Dunn Corinth, MS $450
13. 24 222 Carlton Freeman Eastaboga, AL $425
14. 23 88d Mark Dowdy Waterloo, AL $400
15. 5 K9 Dana Eiland Salem, AL $375
16. 7 66 Jake Knowles Tyrone, GA $350
17. 13 41 Ted Lackey Munford, AL $325
18. 25 56 Chris Noah Rainbow City, AL $300
19. 17 18d Cord Dodgen LaFayette, AL $300
20. 20 J8 Jaden Frame (R) Winchester, TN $300
21. 2 15 Tim Busha Boaz, AL $300
22. 12 11 Lavon Sparks Phenix City, AL $300
23. 22 72 Frank Wilson Milton, FL $300
24. 16 47r Ross Martin Talladega, AL $300
25. 1 4 Brian Ligon Augusta, GA $0-DQ Tire
FAST QUALIFIER: Ligon, 13.844 Seconds
LEAD CHANGES: 1
LAP LEADERS: Ligon, 1-46; Johnson, 47-50
LAPS LED: Ligon, 46; Johnson, 4
ROOKIE OF THE RACE: Adkins
SCHAEFFER’S OIL 8TH-PLACE AWARD: Turner
MODERN IMAGES 9TH-PLACE AWARD: Roszell
DAVID SMITH CARBURETORS 10TH-PLACE AWARD: Brannon
MIKE’S CUSTOM TANKS 11TH-PLACE AWARD: Barrett
SHORTY’S SHOCK SERVICE 12TH-PLACE AWARD: Dunn
KINSER AIR FILTERS 13TH-PLACE AWARD: Freeman
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.245 Seconds
TIME OF THE RACE: 55 Minutes, and 43.248 Seconds
QUALIFYING (Top 8 Transfer To Main Event):
POS CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN CHASSIS LAP 1 LAP 2 TIME
1 4 Brian Ligon Augusta, GA Barry Wright 13.844 15.056 13.844
2 15 Tim Busha Boaz, AL GRT 13.855 14.052 13.855
3 99 J.R. Mosley Columbus, GA Barry Wright 14.024 14.015 14.015
4 5 Ronnie Johnson Chattanooga, TN Mastersbilt 14.125 14.083 14.083
5 K9 Dana Eiland Salem, AL Mastersbilt 14.335 14.114 14.114
6 47c Tyler Crowder Lamont, FL Rocket 14.121 14.181 14.121
7 66 Jake Knowles Tyrone, GA Rocket 14.286 14.125 14.125
8 99g Jacob Grizzle Blairsville, GA Mastersbilt 14.216 15.005 14.216
9 49 Dingus Griffin Ohatchee, AL Bloomquist 14.301 14.317 14.301
10 10 Matthew Turner Dawsonville, GA DWB 14.350 14.328 14.328
11 19m Josh Adkins - R Talladega, AL Barry Wright 14.330 14.507 14.330
12 11 Lavon Sparks Phenix City, AL GRT 14.574 14.356 14.356
13 41 Ted Lackey Munford, AL Warrior 14.364 14.621 14.364
14 18 Chase Edge - R LaFayette, AL Mastersbilt 14.630 14.378 14.378
15 6 Tim Roszell Anniston, AL Warrior 14.531 14.824 14.531
16 110 Brent Barrett - R Cleveland, MS GRT 15.485 14.546 14.546
17 33 David Brannon Elora, TN Barry Wright 14.624 14.583 14.583
18 47r Ross Martin Talladega, AL GRT 14.589 15.098 14.589
19 56 Chris Noah Rainbow City, AL Barry Wright 14.729 14.631 14.631
20 J8 Jadon Frame - R Winchester, TN Revelution 15.481 14.652 14.652
21 18d Cord Dodgen LaFayette, AL Mastersbilt 14.827 14.774 14.774
22 222 Carlton Freeman Eastaboga, AL GRT 14.995 14.824 14.824
23 17 Ronald Dunn Corinth, MS Barry Wright 15.103 14.952 14.952
24 72 Frank Wilson Milton, FL Trak-Star 15.082 15.219 15.082
25 88 Mark Dowdy Waterloo, AL Killer 15.088 15.087 15.087
QUALIFYING RACES (10 Laps For Starting Positions 9-25):
1ST QUALIFYING RACE: 1. Griffin; 2. Adkins (R); 3. Lackey; 4. Roszell; 5. Dodgen; 6. Dunn; 7. Brannon; 8. Dowdy; 9. Noah.
2ND QUALIFYING RACE: 1. Turner; 2. Sparks; 3. Edge (R); 4. Martin; 5. Barrett (R); 6. Frame (R); 7. Wilson; 8. Freeman.
CHEVROLET PERFORMANCE SUPER LATE MODEL SERIES POINT STANDINGS THROUGH 5/17/14:
1. 5 Ronnie Johnson – 292
2. 49 Dingus Griffin – 280
2. 47c Tyler Crowder – 280
4. 19m Josh Adkins (R) – 266
5. 66 Jake Knowles – 262
6. 99g Jacob Grizzle – 248
7. 18 Chase Edge (R) – 234
8. 11 Lavon Sparks – 226
9. J8 Jadon Frame (R) – 220
9. 110 Brent Barrett (R) – 220
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