Johnson Stops Sheppard At Weedsport

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Danny Johnson (27j) battles Tim Fuller Saturday night at Weedsport (N.Y.) Speedway. (Don Romeo photo)
Danny Johnson (27j) battles Tim Fuller Saturday night at Weedsport (N.Y.) Speedway. (Don Romeo photo)
Danny Johnson (27j) battles Tim Fuller Saturday night at Weedsport (N.Y.) Speedway. (Don Romeo photo)

WEEDSPORT, N.Y. — Danny Johnson picked up his first Super DIRTcar Series victory of the season in the Shakelton Auto and Truck Parts No. 27j and collected his 80th series win Saturday night at Weedsport Speedway.

Johnson battled Tim Fuller early for the lead but sailed away to take the King of the Hill 100 and take home the $10,000 payday over Matt Sheppard and Fuller.

“We had a good race with Timmy Fuller. I love racing with Timmy, he’s a good, clean racer,” Johnson said. “We raced side by side and I was able to get ahead of him that lap there when I got to the bottom and was then able to pull away from him. I’d like to thank my car owner Chris Gennarelli, my engine builder as well as my boys for getting it ready and everyone who has helped us out.”

Mat Williamson and Tim Kerr drew the front row in the Dig Safely redraw and brought the 31-car field to the initial green flag.

Kerr jumped out to an early lead over Fuller and Johnson. Just as Fuller and Johnson started to put pressure on Kerr for the top spot the first caution of the night came out on lap 11 due to a right rear wheel flying off of sixth starter Rob Bellinger’s car.

Fuller took advantage of the lap 22 restart and took the lead from Kerr. Johnson then advanced into the second spot from Kerr and then snuck up to Fuller’s rear bumper as he started to put pressure on Fuller.

Johnson took the lead over Fuller coming off of turn four on lap 28 but Fuller didn’t give up as they battled side-by-side for several laps, swapping first and second.

Tenth-starter Sheppard made his way into the top three by lap 33 and slowly gained ground on the leaders.

Six cars piled up going into turn one on lap 37 bringing out the second caution of the night. Brett Hearn and Ryan Phelps were two of the drivers involved that received extensive damage on their cars forcing them to go pit side.

Wight took advantage of the lap 45 restart as he took back the third spot from Sheppard. Wight drove by Fuller on the outside coming out of turn four for the second position the next lap by.

Johnson led his No. 27J small-block modified to the halfway mark over Wight, Fuller, Sheppard and Peter Britten.

Fuller and Sheppard were knocking on Wight’s doors as Sheppard took third from Fuller on lap 58.