It’s All Johnson On Tazewell Dirt

Ronnie Johnson
Ronnie Johnson
Ronnie Johnson

TAZEWELL, Tenn. — Ronnie Johnson scored a dominant on Saturday night in the 50-lap Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series event at Tazewell Speedway driving the NeSmith Chevrolet Special.

Johnson earned the pole with fast time honors, took the lead on lap six and never looked back to take his second straight series victory.

“The Chattanooga Flash” was so aggressive turning laps around the quarter-mile high-banked clay oval from the first practice lap, through qualifying while setting fast time at 11.871 seconds, and all 50 laps of the main event, he was asked after the race if he was mad at somebody.

“Things happen fast at this race track, and if you try to take it easy, you can end up going from being the leader to last in a hurry,” Johnson said. “When you get to the lapped cars, you’ve got to get by them in a hurry. When I was in lapped traffic, I didn’t know how big of a lead I had, but I saw the flashes from the photographers’ cameras, and that usually means you’ve got close company.”

The closest challengers to Johnson were in a different zip code from the race leader. Johnson had almost a half lap lead on second-place before a lap 35 caution flag closed up the field with 15 laps to go.

When Johnson took the checkered flag, he had a 2.379-second margin of victory over Tyler Crowder. Crowder was involved in back-and-forth battle for the second spot with Jacob Grizzle, who finished third.

Jake Knowles and Dingus Griffin rounded out the top five.

The finish:

Ronnie Johnson, Tyler Crowder, Jacob Grizzle, Jake Knowles, Dingus Griffin, Matthew Turner, Jadon Frame, Brent Barrett, Chase Edge, Lavon Sparks, Mark Dowdy, Mack McCarter.



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Mike Kerchner
Mike Kerchner is a veteran racing journalist and has been a member of the SPEED SPORT family since joining Chris Economaki at National Speed Sport News in 1991. He is now the Editor-in-Chief of SPEED SPORT Magazine.