PEORIA, Ariz. – Racing under the Arizona sun on Saturday afternoon, R.J. Johnson ran a perfect night to capture the third annual Steve Stroud Memorial at Canyon Speedway Park with the San Tan Ford ASCS Desert Sprint Car Series.
After setting the night’s fast time in qualifying at 14.269 seconds, Johnson came from fourth to win his heat race before dominating the main event.
Starting from the pole in the No. 34az, Johnson led from start to finish in the 25-lap A-Feature for his seventh career victory with the San Tan Ford ASCS Desert Sprint Car Series.
Moving forward seven positions, Kyle Shipley grabbed second, with Sterling Cling making up the podium. Taking over the series points lead, Aaron Jones raced from 10th to fourth and Joe Scheopner finished fifth.
Josh Shipley in sixth was trailed by Saturday’s Hard Charger, Colton Hardy, who moved from 16th to seventh. Ronald Webster was eighth, with Jesse Stonecipher and Rick Shuman completing the top 10.
A field of 20 drivers checked in, with four falling out with mechanical issues before taking a competitive green flag.
1. 34AZ-R.J. Johnson ; 2. 0G-Kyle Shipley ; 3. 34C-Sterling Cling ; 4. 22G-Aaron Jones ; 5. 17-Joe Scheopner ; 6. 2-Joshua Shipley ; 7. 22AZ-Colton Hardy ; 8. 51-Ronald Webster ; 9. 76-Jesse Stonecipher ; 10. 25AZ-Rick Shuman ; 11. 4T-Dennis Gile ; 12. 25-Mike Waddle ; 13. 21-Daylin Perreira ; 14. 66-Colton Maroney ; 15. 67-Jim Maroney ; 16. 3-Tye Mihocko .