CAMERON, Mo. — The term go hard, or go home is one way to describe Johnny Herrera’s performance at the U.S. 36 Raceway Friday night.
Herrera used every bit of the race track to dominate the U.S. 36 Nationals, lapping all but second-place finishing Dustin Morgan.
A staggering 72 starts since his last Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real triumph on November 11, 2011 at the Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, N.M. the crafty veteran bolted to the race lead on the third round, working past early leader Cole Wood, through turns three and four.
“I’ve got to give a shout out to my sponsor Print Place who teamed up with me this year. If it wasn’t for Shawn [Petersen], I wouldn’t be out on the series this year so I have to give his that shout out” commented a jovial, but concerned Johnny Herrera who watched his main sponsor transported from the track to an area hospital for evaluation after flipping end over end on the start of his heat race.
“I hope he’s doing OK, I haven’t heard from him, but this one goes out to him and, it goes out to my wife. It was her Birthday yesterday. I wasn’t there for it so she said I better win, so, Happy Birthday honey.”
Working to the tail of the field by the fifth lap, after a pair of caution slowed the beginning of the night’s 35 lap Protect the Harvest feature, it was a matter of running where they weren’t.
Lapping inside the top 10 with eight laps remaining, Herrera worked past the No. 17w of Cole Wood for the second time on the white flag lap, nearly finishing off the field exiting turn four for the checkered flag as the No. 93 of Dustin Morgan laid just ahead of the Print Place, MVT No. 45x.
His seventh Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV America Real victory, Herrera left the U.S. 36 Raceway the third different point leader of the 2013 season and sixth victor in eight events.
Dustin Morgan placed the Ark Wrecking of Oklahoma No. 93 on the podium for the third time in his Lucas Oil ASCS career as Cole Wood posted his best finish against the National Tour with the final step on the Champagne soaked podium.
Brad Loyet worked to fourth with Lucas Wolfe posting an impressive run from 20th to complete the top five
Johnny Herrera, Dustin Morgan, Cole Wood, Brad Loyet, Lucas Wolfe, Seth Bergman, Tony Bruce Jr., Jay Russell, Jonathan Cornell, Logan Forler, Jack Dover, J.R. Topper, Mitchell Moore, Jordan Boston, Russ Hall, Jason Johnson, Jeff Swindell, Brandon Hahn, Harli White, Ricky Strangl, Tim Crawley, Randy Hibbs.