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Chris Johnson Capitalizes on Initial Start to Capture First Late Model Win of 2018 at Southside; Ethan Ayers & Ryan Paul Split UCAR Twin Bill

Chris Johnson climbs out of his Late Model in victory lane after leading every lap on April 13th at Southside Speedway.

Midlothian, VA – Howie Disavino, the 17-year-old Chesterfield native who just celebrated a birthday last week, surprised everyone when we laid down the fastest lap in qualifying earlier in the afternoon with a 14.959-second lap time. Averaging 80.139 MPH Disavino’s lap was just nine-thousandths of a second better than Southside veteran Chris Dodson. He would, however, invert the top four qualifiers handing the top spot over to sophomore driver Mason Bailey.

When Jodie Adkins displayed the green flag to the field Bailey either spun the tires or missed a gear on the start. This allowed Chris Johnson, who started on the outside pole, the opportunity to take the lead going into turn one and that was about all she wrote for the top spot. As things got settled in upfront Bailey found himself going the wrong way while Disavino mounted his charge back to the front. Chris Johnson and Disavino would check out over the field.

The 40-lap feature went caution free with some pretty action-packed racing for the third position on back. Bailey found himself under fire several times throughout the feature as he slid back to the seventh position where he ultimately finished. Veteran racers Bugs Hairfield, Eddie Johnson, and Chris Johnson ran nose to tail for several laps before Dodson got around the No. 43 for fourth.

With ten laps to go, Disavino really turned up the wick and his assault on race leader Chris Johnson. He would get into turn one just a little too hot and go into a four-wheel slide, ultimately killing any chance he would have at the win. Bugs Hairfield, Chris Dodson, and Eddie Johnson rounded out the top five.

 

Ethan Ayers was the second fastest qualifier earlier in the afternoon during qualifying. He would take the green flag in the third position after the four-car invert and found himself in the lead early. Ayers opened up more than an eight-car advantage before the first of two cautions flags flew. Dillon Devenny and Cameron Ruggles would take the cone and restart on the outside. However, Ayers was able to keep the lead and go on to win the race. Dillon Devenney, Joshua Thomas, Trevor Stinson, and Ryan Paul rounded out the top five which just happened to be how many cars were inverted for race two.

Paul, who was making just his second UCAR start due to the twins, used the invert to his advantage to jump out to an early lead. He would have to hold off Ayers just twice on restarts one coming immediately after the green and another on lap four when debris brought out the yellow.

The rear bumper cover of the No. 03 machine of Zachary Lindsey was the reason for the lap four caution and at the same time that is when we noticed the No. 72 of Joshua Thomas with a rear bumper cover falling off as well. Race officials decided that he needed to come down pit road to remove it before it fell off on the racing surface, he would ultimately battle back to an eighth-place finish.

On the ensuing restart, Ryan Paul struggled to get going and Ethan Ayers almost made him pay. The restart also allowed Michael Chapman to jump up to the third position. Paul would ultimately be able to hang onto the top spot over Ethan Ayers, Michael Chapman, Dillon Devenney, and Cameron Ruggles.

 

Late Model Stock OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #24 Chris Johnson; 40
  2. #55 Howie Disavino; 40
  3. #04 Bugs Hairfield; 40
  4. #0 Chris Dodson; 40
  5. #43 Eddie Johnson; 40
  6. #22 Justin Martz; 40
  7. #05 Mason Bailey; 40
  8. #20 Sonny Allen; 40
  9. #18 Brad Davis; 40
  10. #90 John Goin; 40
  11. #89 Matt Ashworth; 40
  12. #99 Daniel Thomas; 31
  13. #19 Kyle Wood; 27
  14. #79 Lane Janosik; 4
  15. #25 Michael Sutphin; DNS

 

UCAR Race 1 Results;

  1. #96 Ethan Ayers; 25
  2. #15 Dillon Devenney; 25
  3. #72 Joshua Thomas; 25
  4. #10 Trevor Stinson; 25
  5. #5 Ryan Paul; 25
  6. #40 Cameron Ruggles; 25
  7. #12 Jamie Hite; 25
  8. #13 Beejay Anderson; 25
  9. #03 Zachary Lindsey; 25
  10. #89 Kyle Bunn; 25
  11. #97 Robert Eroh; 24
  12. #58 Hunter Waldrop; 24
  13. #49 Robbie Roth; 24
  14. #50 Kevin Garreau; 18
  15. #22 James Gelina; 18
  16. #1 Mike Frayser; 2
  17. #28 Tommy Gildea; DNS
  18. #14 Matthew McMillion; DNS

UCAR Race 2 Results;

  1. #5 Ryan Paul; 25
  2. #96 Ethan Ayers; 25
  3. #58 Micahel Chapman; 25
  4. #15 Dillon Devenney; 25
  5. #40 Cameron Ruggles; 25
  6. #10 Trevor Stinson; 25
  7. #13 Beejay Anderson; 25
  8. #72 Joshua Thomas; 25
  9. #97 Robert Eroh; 25
  10. #03 Zachary Lindsey; 25
  11. #50 Kevin Garreau; 25
  12. #14 Aaron McMillon; 25
  13. #1 Mike Frayser; 25
  14. #22 James Gelina; 23
  15. #49 Robbie Roth; 12
  16. #12 Jamie Hite; DNS

Chris Johnson Remains Undefeated at the Thanksgiving Classic in the Modified Division

Chris Johnson works off turn four at Southern National Motorsports Park in preparation for the 40-lap feature at the 2017 Thanksgiving Classic. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Lucama, NC – Chris Johnson, the Mechanicsville, Virginia, continued to flex his muscle at Southern National Motorsports Park in the IMCA style asphalt modified’s. Johnson was the quickest of seventeen entries during group qualifying earlier in the afternoon and, if we are being honest, probably of the entire weekend as he continued to show his strength through the 40-lap feature.

Hunter Slayton, who lined up on the outside pole, gave Johnson an honest run for his money as the two jumped out to an early lead over Shawn Balluzzo and Eric Fowlkes but it just was not enough to get around the Southside Speedway regular. The field was slowed four times by the caution flag, Most of which were just simple single car spins. One, however, involved the No. 93 machine of Austin Thaxton who ended up making contact with the outside wall and received the heaviest of damage throughout the night. Luckily everyone was able to drive away from the incident and continue on.

Chris Johnson made easy work of Slayton on every restart but one. The one restart was actually called into question by race control and Slayton was, let’s call it ‘advised’ to give the position back to the control car to avoid the need for NASCAR officials to have to step in. Slayton obliged a few laps later and Chris Johnson went on to win his third Modified feature in the Thanksgiving Classic. Hunter Slayton would finish second while Shawn Balluzzo completed the podium. Southside Speedway’s own Tyler Davis (00) and Kyle Wood (42) made up the rest of the top five.

Brandon Allen (86) went wire to wire over Robert Arch (27), James Stroud (4), Neil Mason (50), and Steve Sullivan (58) in the 30-lap UCAR feature. Thirteen cars took the green flag, only eight finished on the lead lap.

 

Southern Lighting Modified Results;

  1. #36 Chris Johnson; 40
  2. #77 Hunter Slayton; 40
  3. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 40
  4. #00 Tyler Davis; 40
  5. #42 Kyle Wood; 40
  6. #2 Eric Fowkles; 40
  7. #93 Austin Thaxton; 40
  8. #11 Jimmy Humblet; 40
  9. #28 Jamie Sample; 40
  10. #20 Chris Humblet; 40
  11. #51 Bubba Johnston; 40
  12. #29 Adam Medek; 40
  13. #43 Warren Lipford; 40
  14. #29 D.J. Huffman; 40
  15. #10 Wayne McGee; 30
  16. #4 Ryan Pritt; 17
  17. #70 Curtis Hughes; 16

Chris Johnson with Strong Win from Dominion Raceway – Chris Humblet Wins First Track Championship

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Chris Johnson celebrating his victory at Dominion Raceway Sept. 24, 2016. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Thornburg, VA – It was an all out blitz to say this least this past weekend at Dominion Speedway for veteran driver Chris Johnson. Entering the weekend just ten points behind Chris Humblet, Johnson needed everything to play in his favor; a win, some bonus points, and a slip up from Humblet. Fifty laps later, Chris Johnson found himself one factor short of clinching Dominion’s first ever Modified championship.

Johnson, trying to use the NASCAR points system to his advantage in gaining two additional bonus points from winning from tenth or worse, was actually able to go out and set the tenth fastest time of the sixteen car field. Jimmy Humblet was the nights pole award winner clocking a lap in at 15.690 (91.778 MPH). Jimmy, however, would actually hand the pole position over to his son and points leader by virtue of Dominion’s invert – Chris Humblet qualified sixth with a time of 15.898.

That seemed like it was just what Chris Humblet needed once the green flag was displayed in what ended up being a race of attrition. A few early cautions put an interesting spin on things as the field worked multiple restarts. One that saw Jimmy Humblet almost shoves Johnson into next week. The contact between the two ended up cutting a tire down on Humblet’s car – he had to go down pit road to the attention of his crew. To make matters worse for the #11 race control decided to penalize the driver one lap for aggressive driving.

When the race went back green Chris Humblet resumed the lead while Chris Johnson worked his way through the field. Making his way around the #48 of Balluzzo as well as Mike Johnson’s #38 machine before setting his sites on the second place car of Andrew Fortin. His efforts would be halted briefly after two engines expire within jut a few laps of each other. Balluzzo, who after the race learned a piston was the issue, was able to get his car down on the apron and off the track. Robert Conner on the other hand had his motor blow entering turn three which shot him to the outside wall.

The race was only slowed one more time from the spinning car of Wayne Hartley – not what Chris Humblet wanted to see but was exactly what Chris Johnson needed. With car restarts in effect at Dominion this set up a Humblet/Johnson front row with less than ten laps to go. When the green flag dropped the two sailed it off into turn one, Johnson looking to take the lead away on the outside and did within the lap and never looked back to take home the win in the season finale. Humblet was able to hold off a hard charging Andrew Fortin – who ended up having break issues on the final lap – there at the end to finish in the second position. Even with the extra bonus points Johnson earned it was not enough to take the championship. Great way to finish the season right? First and second place in points finishing one and two on the night in a tight points battle.

“We knew we had to start tenth or worse to get those two extra bonus points if we won the race tonight,” Johnson said in victory lane. “We felt our chances to win the championship was the best if we did start tenth or worse so that is why we did that. Had a little incident there on the first lap, it was a little scary there but its apart of racing.”

Johnson did have a bit of a moment as mentioned above with Jimmy Humblet during the race that could have potentially taken him out of the hunt they he calls just good hard racing.

“We got with the eleven there, he did everything he could to help his son do what he had to do,” Johnson said. “We got up underneath him clean and it was just racing. Hard racing you know. We had a couple cautions there that worked out in my favor.”

A few cautions late in the race might have been what helped with the victory tonight as it bunched the field up for one final restart where Johnson used the high banks and the outside to his advantage.

“I was just trying to save my car there for the end, 50-laps here with these cars is a fairly decent race,” Johnson explained “Chris was doing everything he could to stay in front of me and I was just trying to ride there and save my tires till we got that restart with eight to go. I knew it was time to put the hammer down and was glad we could come home with another win.”

 

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2016 Dominion Raceway Modified Track Champion – Chris Humblet dives into turn three during practice just before the rains came in to cancel the evenings races. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Though he may not have won the battle but Chris Humblet ended up winning the war. His second place finish on the night was just enough to hold of even the extra bonus points awarded to Chris Johnson to win his very first ever track championship.

“This has been a year of trials,” Humblet said about his championship season. “We showed up to the first two races and won those, ran a lot of seconds and thirds. We had some battles in the tech shed, cutting hairs, just little things. The team I got just drove me harder. Every time we changed something to get what they wanted it seemed like we were faster.”

Humblet, who just completed his fourth season in Modifieds, and anything with wheels as we told us, was also humble in admitting there were plenty of driver errors through out the season that made things difficult on the team but was very happy with the ability of the team to pick things back up.

“A lot of driver error seemed to hurt us in qualifying,” Humblet admitted. “Just mental errors on my part that would put us deep in the field like last race where we ended up getting taken out on the first lap. Its just a testament to the team, keeping up with two cars and being competitive all season, it was a lot of work.”

Chris Humblet, who spent the better portion of his Modified career running at Langley Speedway, a flat .395 mile oval, had to look else where this season when the track was unable to open over a land/lease dispute. Being able to travel to not only a new track and be completive, to also run a completely different tire we had to ask what adjustments, if any, were needed for this season.

There wasn’t a big adjustment from Langley,” said Humblet. “I was able to be a little more consistent here. I feel it suited my driving style a little better. We didn’t really notice a difference in the tires. We tested back here in December with a Hoosier and I couldn’t really tell a difference. This track has just been a learning curve in general. Its just crazy fast and you have to drive it like no where else.”

Humblet eluded to bringing both cars back for the 2017 season as well as maybe looking to get some funding together to run Southern National’s annual Thanksgiving race as well as looking at some of the bigger races into the winter including the Snowball Derby down at Five Flags Speedway.

 

Modified Results

1.#36 Chris Johnson; 50
2. #20 Chris Humblet; 50
3. #51 Bubba Johnston; 50
4. #15 Andrew Fortin; 50
5. #38 Michael Johnson; 50
6. #5 Tony Folwer; 50
7. #1 Donnie Holston; 50
8. #00 Tyler Davis; 50
9. #37 Wayne Hartley; 50
10. #8 Mike Rudy; 50
11. #73 Paul Ellis: 50
12. #2 Eric Fowlkes; 49
13. #11 Jimmy Humblet; 48
14. #12 Robert Conner; 20
15. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 18
16. #66 Tanner Aman; 1

Chris Johnson Wins Caution Filled Modified Race Thursday Night at Dominion Raceway

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Chris Johnson celebrates his victory Thursday night at Dominion Raceway. (Shawn Dulin/TheWeeklyRacer.com

Thornburg, VA – Dominion Raceway continued to be the place to race the IMCA style asphalt mods in Virginia as they drew fourteen cars for a Thursday night race to open up the Richmond race weekend.

Jimmy Humblet turned a 15.582 to land the pole for the 35 lap race. A 4 car invert pill would be pulled putting Michael Johnson out front to begin the race. Coming to the green Johnson’s car didn’t go so the officials waved off the start. They would get the start good on the second attempt but a caution flies before everyone even cleared turn 1. Shawn Balluzzo, Chris Humblet, and Andrew Fortin are all involved and could not get back into the race.

Jimmy Humblet grabbed his first place spot back on the restart and ran out from Michael Johnson. Farther back in the field Robbie Babb who started 8th worked his way under Mike Rudy for third place fourteen laps in. On lap nineteen Tyler Davis went around in turn four eliminating Jimmy’s lead.

Babb took the outside lane on the restart trying to get position ahead of Chris Johnson who worked his way into second. Another caution waves but Chris was able to complete a lap while in first place. The field went green and again another caution came out for Jimmy Humblet spinning with 12 laps to go. At this point the flagman waved the flag combo of yellow and the move over flag to signal that caution laps were being counted the rest of the way. The red flag was also posted to allow for cleanup from Jimmy’s wreck.

The field went green for the final time with seven laps remaining and Chris Johnson jumped to a huge second and a half lead as the laps ticked down giving him the win on the night. In victory lane the Humblet’s and Babb had some choice words for him, with Johnson apologizing to Babb for getting into a corner too hard and creating a problem.

 

Race Results

1.Chris Johnson
2. Mike Rudy
3. Wayne Hartley
4. Tanner Aman
5. Robert Babb
6. Michael Johnson
7. Tony Fowler
8. Jimmy Humblet
9. Eric Fowlkes
10. Bubba Johnston
11. Chris Humblet
12. Shawn Balluzzo
13. Andrew Fortin
Disqualified: Tyler Davis

Chris Johnson Earns First Career Victory at Dominion Raceway on Independence Day Weekend

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Thornburg, VA – Chris Johnson cruised to victory in Saturday nights 35-lap Signature Home Settlements, LLC Modified series. Johnson earned the pole award earlier in the afternoon clocking in a time of 15.736 seconds or around 91.510 MPH. Allen Marshall (15.922) put down a lap just .186 seconds off the pace to sit second on the grid while Michael Johnson crossed the line third fastest at 15.946. The top three cars were inverted after the redraw, placing Michael Johnson on the pole and Chris Johnson behind him. Chris Humblet and Andrew Fortin rounded out the top five.

Took Chris Johnson less than five laps to regain the lead and start to check out on the field. The race was slowed just two times before the halfway point. Once for an incident we could not see at all and the second coming from Andrew Fortin loosing what looked to be a motor. His black and yellow number fifteen sat lifeless on pit road with tons of smoke coming from under the hood.

Racing got back underway pretty quick and Chris Johnson got back to his leading ways. Wayne Hartley, who started to come on strong at the conclusion of the season last year at Langley Speedway and had been running in the top five early, had a big wiggle coming out of two that would ultimately put an end to Hartley’s night. From then on he would lose position after position trying to salvage the best finish possible in an ill handling car.

With under ten laps to go, Chris Johnson had built himself a very comfortable lead while the battle started to heat up for second. Michael Johnson, who had been doing his best to hold off Chris Humblet all race, would have a third car in Robbie Babb to deal with. With the laps winding down Humblet had a slip of his own out of two allowing for Babb to close in fast. Gathering the car back up Humblet and keeping it off the wall, Humblet would cut across the nose of Babb forcing he and Bubba Johnston – who was running fourth – to get on the binders hard to avoid any major contact.

In the final laps both Babb and Johnston were able to gather their rides back up and get around Humblet for the third and fourth positions respectfully. Neither of them had anything for Johnson who cruised to his first victory of his career at Dominion Raceway and gained valuable points on Chris Humblet in the point’s race. The Modified’s will be back in action in two weeks on July 16th.

 
Modified Results

P1. #36 Chris Johnson; 35
P2. #38 Michael Johnson; 35
P3. #44 Robert Babb; 35
P4. #51 Bubba Johnston; 35
P5. #20 Chris Humblet; 35
P6. #17 Allen Marshall; 35
P7. #5 Tony Fowler
P8. #66 Tanner Aman; 35
P9. #37 Wayne Hartley; 35
P10. #11 Jimmy Humblet; 31
P11. #43 Warren Lipford; 21
P12. #73 Paul Ellis; 14
P13. #15 Andrew Fortin; 13

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