Johnson Claims Street Stock Pole

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COCHRAN, Ga. — Ronnie Johnson earned the pole position on Saturday night for Sunday afternoon’s $5,000-to-win third annual Durrence Layne Performance Parts Street Stock World Championship Race.

Johnson was the fast qualifier and won the first 10-lap heat race to earn the inside front row starting spot.

Johnson is fresh off his Ice Bowl win last Sunday at Talladega Short Track in Eastaboga, AL in his first-time sitting behind the wheel of a Durrence Layne Performance Parts Street Stock race car. The National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Inductee picked up where is left off in qualifying on Saturday night with a lap around Cochran Motor Speedway in 17.576 seconds.

That earned Johnson the pole position for the first of three 10-lap heat races, and he won that to earn the pole for the Big Show. T.J. Herndon won the second heat and will start his Race Tek/Dale’s Recycling Special on the outside of the front row for the main event. Local favorite Wil Herrington won the third heat in the Childs Racing Special to earn the inside second row starting spot.

The top six finishers in each heat race transferred into the main event. Second-place finishers in the three heats were Tyler Love, Spencer Hughes and Bryan Fortner. The third-place finishers were Justin McRee, Tyler Turvin and Kyle Livingood.

The three fourth-place finishers in the three heat races were Michael Stalnaker, David Earl Gentry and Ricky Greene. Fifth-place finishers were Ben Watkins, Shawn Washam and the defending Street Stock World Champion Johnny Stokes. Sixth-place finishers were Brian Wooten, Bud Chancey and Jason Price.

Drivers that finished seventh on back in their respective heat races on Saturday will have one final chance to make the $5,000-to-win 50-lap 3rd Annual Durrence Layne Performance Parts Street Stock World Championship Race in a ten-lap B-Main Race that will be run before the main event on Sunday afternoon. The top six finishers in the B Main will fill in starting spots 19 through 24 in the main event.