Chase Johnson Snags Win Late in Race, Scores First Victory of 2017
Kyle Woodcock looked to have the kart to beat on Saturday night in the 25 Lap Open Main Event as he led for much of the race. That is until the driver he grew up cheering for and looking up to, snuck up like the veteran he is and stole the win in the closing laps. The win for Johnson was his first Open Win at Cycleland, his last win at the Speedway was in the 250 Class nearly 10 years ago.
The 25 Lap Open Main Event was exciting from every angle you looked at it. Jesse Colwell was scheduled to start on the Pole of the Main Event alongside outside front row starter, Kyle Woodcock. Colwell though got an offer that he just couldn’t pass up as he was offered an extra $200 if he were to start at the rear of the field and win. So after the field got lined up, Colwell pulled out of line and dropped to the rear of the field. That moved Holly Seim to the Pole Position of the Main Event. When the race went green though, it was Kyle Woodcock who would quickly find the lead. While Woodcock led the race, everyone also had an eye on Colwell who was working through the field in the #86J. As the yellow flag flew on Lap 12, Colwell crossed under in the 7th position and looked as though he had a legitimate shot at actually pulling off the win. That is until he got to turn one after the yellow. As the cars were slowing after taking the yellow, a couple of karts got together in turn one and left Jesse with no where to go. He went hard into the outside wall tearing the right front off the kart. That would end his bid at taking home the extra money for the Front Row Challenge. When the race went green again, back up front it was still all about Kyle Woodcock. He turned nice smooth laps and looked to have the race in his grasp. Chase Johnson though found something late in the race and began to charge. Once he got to second he began reeling in the #9W of Woodcock, and with two laps to go he made his move stick. Johnson took the lead and would cross the line .670 seconds in front of Woodcock in the McClish Motorsports #1B. It was yet another great Cycleland Speedway Main Event. Woodcock finished in the second position yet again. There have been a few races now that he has led late and had to settle for a second place run. That first win is coming though, sooner than later. Tyler Brown crossed the line in third in the Red Baron Pizza #9 for his fourth top five finish of the season. Holly Shelton made her third start of 2017 and picked up her third top five of 2017. Brandon LaChance was the Hard Charger of the Main Event as he started in the 15th position and finished in the fifth position.
Thru 13 Points Races in 2017 Landon Brooks sits atop the Points Standings. With just six races left before the end of the season it is go time for second place driver in the standings, Kyle Woodcock. Woodcock now sits 116 points behind Brooks for the top spot. Tyler Brown is currently third in the standings as he sits 172 points out of the top spot. Garrett Brown is fourth in the standings and is currently 202 points behind Brooks for the lead. While Casey Schmitz now has a strong grasp on fifth in the standings as he sits 256 points out of the lead.
Points Race #14 is on tap this Saturday night, July 29th, 2017. Hot Laps for the Open Cars are scheduled to hit the track at 5:30 PM. That will be followed immediately by Qualifying for all classes. For ticket information and/or directions to the racetrack please visit our website at www.cyclelandspeedway.com.
Points Race #13 Results
QUALIFYING: TYLER BROWN – 10.459 (3)
HEAT RACES: JESSE COLWELL (3), KYLE WOODCOCK (3)
TROPHY DASH: HOLLY SHELTON (1)
MAIN EVENT: CHASE JOHNSON (1)