Johnson Is West Coast USAC Ace


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Taking the lead from Troy Rutherford on lap seven, Chase Johnson claimed the 30-lap USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series Saturday night feature at Bakersfield Speedway.

Racing the family owned No. 24 Johnny Franklin Mufflers / PitStop USA Maxim, Johnson became the 51st driver to earn a series victory.

Starting sixth, Johnson earned his first career $1,500 USAC West Coast Sprint Car win over Austin Liggett, Danny Faria Jr., J.J. Ringo, and Tristan Guardino.

Liggett earned hard charger honors wth a 21st to second-place run. With a local power outage, series drivers elected to use a passing points format to speed up the show.

Versatile driver Johnson topped the 24-car roster and was the night’s Woodland Auto Display Top Qualifier.

The finish:

Chase Johnson, Danny Faria Jr., J.J. Ringo, Tristan Guardino, Ryan Bernal, Ryan Timmons, Trent Carter, Cody Majors, Tom Hendricks, Ricky Kirbride, Koen Shaw, Hannah Mayhew, Steve Hix, James Herrera, Brent Owens, Shawn Arriaga, Austin Ervine, Troy Rutherford, Ryan Stolz, Shannon McQueen, Michael Faccinto, Slater Helt.