Johnson scores modified win at The Ridge
FULTONVILLE – After wrecking following the checkers last week at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, Marc Johnson returned to the track with a new Troyer chassis.
Johnson wasted little time christening his new ride as he drove to his second 35 lap modified feature win of the season Sunday at The Ridge.
Also picking up feature wins on the Hales Mills Country Club-sponsored night were Rocky Warner (602 Sportsman), Nick Stone (Pro Stock), Keith Tesiero Sr. (4-cylinder), Kamdin Maby (XCEL 600 Modified) and Don Greco (Vintage).
Johnson started eighth in the 18 car field of modifieds that were brought to the green flag by JaMike Sowle and Chad Miller.
Sowle took command of the race before the caution flew on the second lap for a wreck involving Miller, Elmo Reckner and Kenny Tremont Jr. Reckner was done for the night, but Tremont and Miller returned to the race.
Sowle again took command at the drop of the green with John Lutes Jr., Eric Mack and Johnson in pursuit.
Johnson pulled into second a quarter track behind Sowle on lap 8, while Bobby Varin and Jeremy Wilder battled for position behind Lutes.
Lutes, Wilder and Varin crossed the line together on lap 12 before Varin came away with the third spot a lap later.
Meanwhile, Johnson cut Sowle’s lead down to a few car lengths as the leaders made their way through traffic and on lap 18 found a way past for the lead.
A lap 20 caution brought the front runners up to Johnson’s back bumper.
With a clear track in front of him and Varin now settled in behind him in second, Johnson kept his No. 3J solid in the groove and held on for his second win of the season. Varin held off Wilder for second while Tremont recovered to finish fourth and Sowle fifth.
Kyle DeMetro and Jim Introne Jr. brought the 602 sportsman feature to the green with DeMetro leading the opening 12 laps.
Justin Comes moved past DeMetro on lap 13 but Warner was on a charge.
Warner, who started 15th in the 16 car field after wrecking in his heat race, quickly made his way through the field and caught Comes on lap 14.
Comes held off the “Flying Squirrel” for two laps before Warner gained the advantage on lap 16.
Mark Mortensen broke through late in the race and pulled into second behind Warner on lap 18. A caution with set up a three-lap shoot out, but Warner was up to the task and picked up his third-straight win and fourth of the year at Glen Ridge.
Mortensen was second followed by Comes, Tony Farone and Kurtis Hohenshelt.
Randy Cosselman grabbed the early lead in the opening 11 laps of the 20 lap feature before bringing out the caution on lap 12.
Stone made the most of the restart to power his way around Robbie Speed to take the lead. Speed pressured Stone on a pair of ensuing restarts, but could not find a line past as Stone kept his record perfect at five wins in five weeks at Glen Ridge.
Speed finished second followed by Chuck Dumblewski, Jim Normoyle and Cosselman.
Racing returns to The Ridge next Sunday with a full regular race program on tap with with POWRi Midgets added to the NYSSCA night.