Johnson Tames I-96 Speedway

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LAKE ODESSA, Mich. – Danny Johnson drove to victory in the first appearance of the Super DIRTcar Series modifieds at I-96 Speedway Tuesday night.

Tyler Siri and Rick Scagliotta leading the field into turns one and two. Jimmy Phelps, who started third, slid underneath the front row to grab the lead out of turn two and he would pace the field for the first half of the event. setting a torrid pace in the process.

Four-time series champion Johnson, who started fifth, began chipping away at Phelps’s lead and on lap 53. The legendary Empire State driver would grab the lead away using a daring three-wide pass for the top spot as he, a lapped car, and Phelps were three abreast coming out of turn four.

Johnson now had the lead, but two-time defending series champion Matt Sheppard was closing in from his 10th starting position.

Johnson wouldn’t be denied as legend crossed under the checkered flag to pocket the $7,500 payday. Sheppard settled for second with Billy Dunn, Gary Tomkins, and Phelps completing the top five.

“To be able to come here and get a win is an awesome deal for my race team,” said Johnson. “They work really hard on the car; it was a lot of hard work and we were one of the last cars in the line getting ready, and it all paid off in the end.”

Winners in local action at I-96 Speedway Tuesday included Josh Frye (pro stock/pro truck invitational) and Brian Ruhlman (UMP modified).

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