GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. — Going back-to-back with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real, Johnny Herrera “slid” his way to victory at Valley Speedway Wednesday night following stellar battles with Danny Lasoski and Brian Brown.
“I really just started pacing it,” said Herrera about the way he drove early on in his Print Place No. 45x.
“I knew Brian Brown, or Jason Johnson, or somebody would be coming,” Herrera said. “We were holding our own and he [Lasoski] wasn’t really getting away while we were pacing. I thought the top would come in early, and tried it early in the race and didn’t go back until I heard Brian and decided I better start getting up there.”
Setting the tone during hot laps as the quickest car on the track, the redraw placed the Mesilla Valley Transportation No. 45x outside the front row. Diving into the first two turns, Lasoski gained the advantage over the No. 45x, only to have the red lights blink on for the No. 5m of Miranda Arnold.
The restart yielded similar results for Lasoski in the Parker/Mark Burch No. 1m, only to see the caution fly after a single lap for the stalled No. 28 of Jonathan Cornell.
Underway, Lasoski and Herrera diced it up before the Dover, Mo. shoe began pulling a sizable lead, leaving Herrera to contend with Brian Brown. Working the inside line, Herrera held the FVP/Casey’s General Store No. 21 at bay despite Brown’s best attempts.
Caution lights flashed on Lap 11 for the spun 94 of Jeff Swindell as Brown and Herrera crossed the line 0.098 second apart.
Single file to the orange cone, Lasoski continued to lead off the bottom line of the Valley Speedway with Herrera in his tracks. Working the cushion, Brown pulled even with Herrera on Lap 14; showing Herrera the groove.
Switching high, the chase was on as Herrera worked past Lasoski on Lap 17 for the race lead with Brown in tow for the runner up spot the following lap.
Slowed for the final time on Lap 23 for the flipped No. o5 of Brad Loyet, the final laps saw Herrera and Brown going slide job, for slide job nearly every lap until Herrera finally worked to a 1.021 second advantage.
Brian Brown claimed second, holding off Danny Lasoski after the final restart. Tony Bruce, Jr. and Jason Johnson completed the top five from ninth.
Johnny Herrera, Brian Brown, Danny Lasoski, Tony Bruce Jr., Jason Johnson, Logan Forler, Seth Bergman, Lucas Wolfe, Cody Baker, Tim Crawley, Tyler Blank, Jeff Swindell, Randy Hibbs, Jay Russell, Wyatt Burks, Cole Wood, Brad Loyet, Wayne Johnson, Kyle Bellm, Jonathan Cornell, Miranda Arnold, Jack Dover.