CONCORD, N.C. — The “doctor” made an early morning house call Saturday morning at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.
Danny Johnson, known by Northeastern dirt racing fans as “The Doctor,” won the Super DIRTcar Series Modified portion of the rain-drenched ninth annual Bad Boy Buggies World Finals shortly before 3:30 a.m. Saturday morning.
Driving his familiar No. 27j modified, Johnson grabbed the lead from polesitter Jimmy Phelps on a lap-four restart and led the remainder of the 30-lap feature that was shorted by 10 laps because of the lateness of the hour.
The pivotal moment of the race came when Billy Decker and Larry Wight were chasing Johnson through lapped traffic and the yellow flag waved for a multi-car accident.
Johnson motored away the final nine laps for his second career victory at the four-tenths-mile dirt track. Wight took second from Decker, while point leader Matt Sheppard and Stewart Friesen rounded out the top five.
Afternoon rain delayed the program more than two hours and two shorter delays to repair the safety fence following crashes during the sprint car portion of the program delayed the on-track action further.
Danny Johnson, Larry Wright, Billy Decker, Matt Sheppard, Stewart Friesen, Tyler Dippel, Brett Hearn, Jimmy Phelps, Duane Howard, Pete Britten, Frank Cozze, Gary Tomkins, Pat Ward, H. J. Bunting, Max McLaughlin, Chris Hile, Keith Flach, Carey Terrance, Tim Kerr, Rick Laubach, Rich Scagliotta,Erick Rudolph, Billy Pauch Jr, Mike Bowman, Tim Fuller, Craig VonDohren,Mike Mahaney, Mat Williamson.