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Kaleb Johnson Posts Podium Finish With MSTS Series at Rapid Speedway
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Inside Line Promotions – KNOXVILLE, Iowa (July 27, 2021) – Kaleb Johnson raced to a third-place finish a week ago Tuesday during the Midwest Sprint Touring Series feature, which was part of the special Lyon County Fair race at Rapid Speedway.
It marked his second podium in as many starts this year at the track in Rock Rapids, Iowa.
“It was another good night for us there,” said Johnson, who was runner up in May. “We usually seem to run well there.”
Johnson began the night by grabbing the lead early in his heat race and going on to the win. The victory qualified him for the feature redraw. He drew the fourth starting position with a pair of stout competitors starting to his inside.
“I figured it would be tough to beat Justin (Henderson) and Jack (Dover) with them starting in the first two rows on the inside,” he said. “Justin has been hot everywhere lately and it seems like Jack usually finishes first or second whenever we’re at Rocky.”
Henderson and Dover quickly pulled away from the field when the race started while Johnson found himself in fourth.
“I ran fourth for a few laps before getting by Nate Eakin for third,” he said. “Then we had a couple of restarts that gave me a chance to pass them, but they were just too good. I was later able to close on them some in lapped traffic, but it was the same thing. They were really in a league of their own. You always want to win, but finishing third to those two isn’t the worst.”
Johnson and crew headed to Knoxville Raceway on Saturday without their regular Knoxville Raceway sprint car in the trailer.
“We have one car we race only at Knoxville,” he said. “But we hurt the motor in that one the week before and it’s being repaired so we brought our other car. It’s the same make of car, but it’s four years older and the motor isn’t as strong.”
Johnson’s evening began better than anticipated.
“We qualified eighth (out of 31 drivers), which was better than I expected with that car,” he said. “Then we went from fourth to third in the heat race. We probably could’ve finished second if I hadn’t shown my nose to John Carney so early on the final lap.”
Johnson rolled off eighth on the starting grid in the A Main.
“I didn’t get a very good start and dropped back to around 12th or 13th after a few laps,” he said. “I felt the most uncomfortable in the car than I’ve ever felt at Knoxville. With about four laps to go, I went into turn three and hit the cushion. The car snapped free and I couldn’t save it. I restarted last and finished 17th. It wasn’t a very good night. I guess the thing we learned was that different cars don’t like different things.”
Johnson will move on to MSTS and Midwest Power Series competition at Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minn., this Friday before returning to Knoxville Raceway on Saturday.
QUICK RESULTS –
July 20 – Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa – Heat race: 1 (2); Feature: 3 (4).
July 24 – Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa – Qualifying: 8; Heat race: 3 (4); Feature: 17 (8).
SEASON STATS –
23 races, 0 wins, 5 top fives, 11 top 10s, 13 top 15s, 18 top 20s
UP NEXT –
Friday at Jackson Motorplex in Jackson, Minn., with the Midwest Sprint Touring Series and Midwest Power Series and Saturday at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa
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“We’re excited to have Oddson Underground return to our team this year,” Johnson said. “They came on board with us in a pretty big way a couple of years ago and we’re looking forward to continuing our partnership with them.”
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