Johnson Passes Hearn On Last Lap

Danny Johnson earlier this season. (DIRTcar photo).
Danny Johnson earlier this season. (DIRTcar photo).

ELBRIDGE, N.Y. Danny Johnson made a last lap pass of Brett Hearn to win Friday night’s Pullen’s Truck Center 75 for the Hoosier Tire-VP Racing Fuels Mr. DIRTcar 358-Modified Championship Series at Rolling Wheels Raceway.

Taking advantage of two lapped cars sandwiching Hearn entering turn three on the final lap, Johnson suddenly dove low looking for an opening and swept past all three to pull off a dramatic win for owner Mike Payne in his Honeoye Auto Parts no. 7z Currier Plastics-Waste Management/Bicknell ride.

“We hung with him the whole race and tried to get underneath and he moved to the bottom,” began Johnson, 50, as he recounted the final lap in his latest addition to the 2010 season highlight reel. “When you get to lapped traffic you don’t know what to do, unfortunately he got the two of them. He got the road blocked and I managed to get a hold on the bottom and go by both of them.

“The car was really good down low the whole race but I had to hit it just right. If I went in too hard I slid, getting it just right was tough to do. This is a great win, hopefully it will get the guys spirits back up for when we go to Syracuse,” added Johnson, following his second series win of the year

Hearn, who led the first 74 laps of the five-eighths-mile dirt track, finished second. Frank Cozze, Mr. DIRTcar 358 point-leader Danny O’Brien and Alan Johnson completed the top five.